Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet [U.S. FIRST EDITION] 1963 • Grove Press
Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet with introduction by Jean Paul Sartre
U.S. FIRST EDITION • SECOND PRINTING  GROVE PRESS
Refurbished ex-library copy in very good condition with stamp on title page.
Dust jacket has several sealed edge tears, some tanning and general shelf / rub wear. Bright and fully in tact in a new HQ archival dust jacket protector.
Book itself is very nice. Clean green cloth boards. tight binding. Front endpaper fixed to cover. Reads good as new.
Jean Genet's seminal Our Lady Of The Flowers (1943) is generally considered to be his finest fictional work. The first draft was written while Genet was incarcerated in a French prison; when the manuscript was discovered and destroyed by officials, Genet, still a prisoner, immediately set about writing it again. It isn't difficult to understand how and why Genet was able to reproduce the novel under such circumstances, because Our Lady Of The Flowers is nothing less than a mythic recreation of Genet's past and then - present history. Combining memories with facts, fantasies, speculations, irrational dreams, tender emotion, empathy, and philosophical insights, Genet probably made his isolation bearable by retreating into a world not only of his own making, but one which he had total control over.