Apes of God, The: LEWIS, Wyndham (1882-1957) Apes of God, The: LEWIS, Wyndham (1882-1957)

Apes of God, The

LEWIS, Wyndham (1882-1957)

Published by Robert M. McBride, New York, 1932
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition (first published, February, 1932 on the copyright page). 8vo; [4], 625, [3]pp. Publisher's grey cloth, the spine and upper cover titled and trimmed in red, with a red top stain and untrimmed fore- and bottom edges; in the original dust jacket lettered in red and decorated in green by Lewis with vorticist figures, priced at $3.00. A Fine copy, square, tight and bright, in a Fine jacket that has benefitted from very skillful restoration to the spine panel (not involving any lettering). A superb survival. By the mid-Twenties, having established himself as an avant-garde painter and writer, Lewis launched (with Ezra Pound) the abstract-art movement Vorticism. In the Apes of God, a satire on the postwar bohemian artistic elite, he argued that art had been betrayed into the hands of moneyed amateurs who debased its high calling by writing for coteries, thus destroying cultural standards. Particular targets were the Bloomsbury Group and its acolytes. The novel depicts a moronic naif, Daniel Boleyn, as he makes his way through the various echelons of London's artistic bohemia under the guidance of a mentor, Horace Zagreus. A wide range of figures (many loosely based on actual writers and artists) and styles are satirized, and the novel ends in a stricken London during the General Strike of 1926. (Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0626

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Title: Apes of God, The

Publisher: Robert M. McBride, New York

Publication Date: 1932

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing.

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