The Political Science-Fiction Fable That Captures The Spirit Of The 1960s
PLANET OF THE APES
By Pierre Boulle
First edition in English, published the same year as the French first, the basis for the classic film co-written by Rod Serling and starring Charlton Heston.
Near-fine in very good plus to near-fine jacket.
PLANET OF THE APES
"The APES series depicted, commented upon, and engaged in, the painful convulsions of the changing times." – Eric Greene
While the film rights were purchased the year of publication and Twilight-Zone creator Rod Serling immediately came on board, the actual film would not be produced for another few years due to financial concerns about the special effects and science-fiction setting. The success of the American film franchise, which "allegorized racial conflict during the late sixties and early seventies" (Greene), has made PLANET OF THE APES one of the great modern political fables widely embraced in pop culture. Quite a nice copy of a book that both reflected and influenced the public imagination of the 1960s and '70s.
Read more: Greene, Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race and Politics in the Films and Television Series, ix, 2, 9.
New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc, (1963). 8'' x 5.25''. Original quarter black cloth, grey paper boards with circular ornaments in orange, white, and black, spine lettered in orange, white, and grey. In original unclipped ($4.50) black dust jacket with red, white, and grey lettering. Orange topstain, orange endpapers. Translated by Xan Fielding. , 246 pages. Book with only slight fading to topstain; jacket with a little soil on rear panel, shallow rubbing to spine extremities, and gentle fading of red lettering on spine.
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