A major American author of a stature with William Burroughs and Joseph Heller.? Los Angeles Times
Harry White is a man haunted by a satyr's lust and an obsessive need for sin and retribution. The more Harry succeeds - a good marriage, a good corporate job - the more desperate he becomes, as a life of petty crime leads to fraud and murder and, eventually, to apocalyptic violence.
Author of the controversial cult classic, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby began as a writer of short fiction. He plunges the reader head-first into the densely realized worlds of his protagonists, in which the details of daily life rub shoulders with obsession and madness. Although fundamentally concerned with morality, Selby's own sense of humility prevents him from preaching. He offers instead a passionate empathy with the ordinary dreams and aspirations of his characters, a brilliant ear for the urban vernacular and for the voices of conscience and self-deceit that torment his characters.
"Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America."? The New York Times Book Review
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Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song of the Silent Snow, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream starred Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. Hubert Selby Jr died in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2004.
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Book Description Marion Boyars, New York & London, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. A 1989 reprint of a novel previously published in 1976. Not a very well made book with below average quality paper and a slight separation between frontispiece and title page (but not coming apart) Jacket may have a touch of fading. No jacket tears or chips and not price-clipped. No markings or bookplates. Bookseller Inventory # 105830
Book Description Marion Boyars, London/New York, 1989, 1989. SELBY, Hubert, Jr. The Demon . A novel. New York/London: Marion Boyars, (1989). Pp. (8),-312. 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. The American author's third novel, focusing on a haunted man's rabid decline from petty crime to the most unspeakable acts imaginable. Vg in dj. 30.00. Bookseller Inventory # 72706
Book Description Marion Boyars, London, 1976. Paper Covered Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good +. First U.K. Edition. Black paper covered boards, corners striaght, bright gold titles on spine. book body is clean. Off-white illustrated dust jacket shows minimal wear, light sunning to spine, price intact, archival brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 47442
Book Description Marion Boyars, New York, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Second edition. Signed by the author on the title page. 1989, Second Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Faint foxing to the text-block; otherwise a sharp, clean copy. DJ in excellent condition and is now housed in a mylar wrap. Bookseller Inventory # 0081376
Book Description Marion Boyars Publishers 1989-09, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. 0714525987. Bookseller Inventory # 592230
Book Description New York: M. Boyars, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Printing (presumed) of the 1989 edition, originally published by Playboy Press in 1976. No later dates, editions or printings identified. Fine in Fine dust jacket [£12.95 / $19.95]. SIGNED by author on title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 100512
Book Description M. Boyars, New York, NY, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. UNION S-This regular size hardcover is SIGNED and dated by the AUTHOR and is FINE in a NEAR FINE DJ that has some edge browning. Reissue. white w/black & green lettering 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0.0. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # July3-10addp16
Book Description Marion Boyars/Rizzoli, London/New York, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket. First Edition Thus; First Printing. Flat signed by Selby at title page and dated 7/23/'90. NO defects.; 8vo; 312 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 45234
Book Description M. Boyars, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. signed ''H. Selby, Jr.'' he signed this book for me to sell & at the time he was signing mostly ''cub'' or ''cubbie'' for people he knew but I asked if he minded signing his full name. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 105610