New York: Random House, 1968. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo. 335 pp. Red quarter cloth spine over red paper covered boards in publisher's color illustrated dustjacket. Red stain on top page edges water spotted;small erasure marks to ffep; minor wear to spine ends; else near fine in very good dustjacket (wear to extremities; 4 tape repairs over short closed tears at spine ends). Item #17765
The author's first novel was written between 1965 and 1967 based largely on Irving's understanding of the city of Viennain which he lived and its rebellious youth of the 1960s. The original manuscript for the book was submitted as his Masters thesis at the University of Iowa’s Writer's Workshop in 1967, and was later expanded and revised to its published version.