New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. [Children's classic] FIRST EDITION, First issue, with the six-line colophon; later issues/printings have this text reset in five lines. TRUE FIRST, preceding the English edition by three years. Dramatically illustrated throughout with rather peculiar artwork by Joseph Schindelman. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp. 161. Bound in publisher's original red cloth, titled in blind to upper board, gilt titles to spine, top edge tinted chocolate brown, yellow endpapers. Pictorial dust-jacket with Wonka chocolate bar decorating front panel, priced at $3.95. No inscriptions, edges a little dusty, bright jacket with some frayed tears with discreet tape applied to reverse side. Very good indeed. Dahl's defining story continues to divide critics; although hugely influential and consistently popular amongst adults and children alike, the book has faced the derision of certain readers. Literary historian John Rowe Townsend has described the book as "fantasy of an almost literally nauseating kind" and accused it of "astonishing insensitivity" regarding the original portrayal of the Oompa-Loompas [Written For Children!, Kestral Books]. Others have remarked upon the anti-Indian sentiment shown through the inappropriate naming of the Indian Prince 'Pondicherry'. A tale fated to provoke an intense emotional response in its readers. Item #56561
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