Price: 75.00 USD
(London: Secker & Warburg, 1967), FIRST EDITION OF WHAT HAS BECOME A CULT CLASSIC. Tricky, sexy and full of linguistical fireworks, this is Barth's metafictional comic novel in which the world is portrayed as a university campus in an elaborate allegory of the Cold War. Its title character is a human boy raised as a goat, who comes to believe he is the Grand Tutor, the predicted Messiah. The book was a surprise bestseller for the previously obscure Barth, and in the 1960s had a cult status. It marks Barth's leap into American postmodern Fabulism. First English edition. 8vo, publisher's original red cloth, in the original dustjacket. A fine copy with just a very minor tear to the upper left corner of the jacket.