Signed first edition of one of Dahl's best children's books: characteristically bizarre, wicked, and heart-warming.
"Dahl allies himself with the child reader against the world of adults." – Knowles & Malmkjaer
When Dahl published his first book for children with Disney, GREMLINS (1943), he believed it was a happy one-off and focused instead on developing his career as a writer for adults. Nearly two decades later, Dahl published JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH as his second children's book, finally moving into the field where his writing would develop into a powerful legacy. The darkness of Dahl's worlds for children have often been objected to by adults – this book regularly features on lists of banned or challenged books in American libraries – but for many children, it is the spark of fantasy within bleak settings that appeals to the imagination without becoming saccharine: Tim Burton famously told Dahl's widow he wanted to turn JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH into a film because "it's the only book that ever gave me any hope when I was a child" (D IS FOR DAHL). A lovely copy, especially desirable signed by Dahl.
Read more: Knowles & Malmkjaer, Language and Control in Children's Literature; D Is for Dahl.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1961). 10'' x 6.75''. Original full blind-stamped red cloth, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($3.95) pictorial dust jacket. Green endpapers, yellow topstain. Illustrated by Burkert throughout in full color, red and black, and black and white. Wolff credited as binder in 5-line colophon. , 119,  pages. Signed by Dahl in blue ink on front endpaper. Light edgewear and toning to jacket with only shallow chipping at spine ends.
Fine in very good plus to near fine jacket.
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