The Savage God: A Study of Suicide by Al Álvarez [FIRST EDITION]
The Savage God: A Study of Suicide by Al Alvarez
U.S. FIRST EDITION / SEVENTH PRINTING  RANDOM HOUSE
Hardcover with dust jacket in excellent condition. DJ is vibrant and looks beautiful w/ some light edge wear. Book itself looks / reads beautifully.
Clean cloth-bound cover w/ gilt embossed title on front and spine. Pages read good as new.
Suicide," writes the notes English poet and critic A. Alvarez, "has permeated Western culture like a dye that cannot be washed out." Although the aims of this compelling, compassionate work are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, and ends with an account of the author's own suicide attempt. Within this dramatic framework, Alvarez launches his enquiry into the final taboo of human behavior, and traces changing attitudes towards suicide from the perspective of literature. He follows the black thread leading from Dante through Donne and the romantic agony, to the Savage God at the heart of modern literature.