Introduced by Malcolm Bradbury
A masterpiece from one of North America’s greatest post-war writers, illustrated with a series of mid-century photographs by Leonard Freed, Ansel Adams and others.
Considered one of the greatest literary expressions of post-war America, this is a masterpiece by one of America’s finest novelists.
Herzog traces five days in the expansive, troubled mind of a failing academic, cuckolded by his best friend and usurped as a father. Eventually retreating to his abandoned home in rural Massachusetts, Moses Herzog commits himself to solitude and sets out to understand the energies and influences – within him and without – that have shaped his life. In a series of letters, he addresses the women on whom much of his identity has depended – his mistresses, his dead mother and his ex-wife, the beautiful, cruel Madeleine. He writes to President Eisenhower and the philosophers Nietzsche and Hegel. He jots, even, a few lines to God. Herzog’s missives – never sent – are at once manic and inspired, poignant and darkly comical. ‘I go after reality with language,’ he says.
Quarter-bound in buckram with paper sides printed with a design by Jesse Reichek
Set in Haarlemmer
Frontispiece and 8 black & white photographs
9½˝ × 6¼˝