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SHAW, Robert

The Sun Doctor

London: Chatto & Windus, 1961

8vo, pp. 275. Original green boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper. Very slightly cocked, but a near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper, a little browned, with some light wear to edges, corners and spine ends.

First edition. C. DAY LEWIS' COPY, WITH HIS OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE TO FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. Day Lewis was Shaw's editor at Chatto and Windus. The author's second novel.

Now better known for being ripped off by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting, and being bitten in half by the title character in Jaws, Robert Shaw pursued a dual literary and theatrical career for most of his working life, enjoying considerable success in both.

Shaw had been in an Old Vic production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the theatre's 1951-52 season, in which Jill Balcon had played one of the fairies. The two became friends. Balcon subsequently married C. Day Lewis, a senior director and editor at Chatto -- a useful connection when Shaw began writing novels.

A fine association.

Keywords: Robert SHAW Richard HATTON"

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