London: Chapman and Hall, 1957. [Modern literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.184. Publisher's hardback cloth binding in pictorial dust-jacket designed by Val Biro, priced at 12/6. A bright, clean copy; jacket with a few short tears and one chip at foot of spine. Shows very well. Gilbert Pinfold is a middle-aged Catholic novelist teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown. He settles his mental state with numerous and varied sedatives, then books a cruise on the SS Caliban. Waugh later admitted that 'Mr Pinfold's experiences were almost exactly my own', referring to this period in his life as 'my late lunacy'. Item #53828
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