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GREENE, Graham.

The Complaisant Lover: A Comedy.

Stock Code
104860
London, Heinemann.1959
£3,250

With the author's important, signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, 'For Ragnar & Greta (my collaborator) with love from Graham Capri July 1, 1959'. An intriguing and crucial association copy.
The Complaisant Lover contains a suicide scene which, as was noted in Sweden at the time of publication, bore remarkable similarities the that of the Swedish journalist and playwright Stig Dagerman. Dagerman had killed himself in 1954 and Greene had subsequently been introduced to his widow Anita, with whom he had, of course, had an affair. Anita is generally thought to have provided the details and background to the suicide. And Anita had been introduced to Greene by Ragnar and Greta. This we believe to have been the 'collaoration' referred to in Greene's inscription. Some contend that the scandal cost Greene his chance at the Nobel Prize, certainly that he was never nominated has been a mystery for

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First edition, first impression. Small 8vo. INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the author. Publisher's blue vloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. An exceptional copy in the dust jacket with a single short tear repaired with tissue to the verso.

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