Inscribed first printing of the towering classic of maternal terror.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"Rosemary said, 'I understand why you'd like to call him that, but I'm sorry; you can't. His name is Andrew John. He's my child, not yours, and this is one point that I'm not even going to argue about. This and the clothes. He can't wear black all the time.'"
Diabolical apartment Gothic with a moral that still resonates after all these years: never speak to your neighbors. Like Levin's THE STEPFORD WIVES, ROSEMARY'S BABY's worst horrors derive, in the end, from nothing more or less than the bare facts of midcentury middle-class married life. Unlike the famous film adaptation, Levin gives the last word to Rosemary, whose decision to accept the child as her own is – quite contrary to Polanski's bleaker interpretation – a calculated act of defiance and an assertion of belief in her own powers of influence.
New York: Random House, (1967). 8'' x 5.5''. Original black quarter cloth with lavender boards, stamped in metallic purple and silver. In original pictorial dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon. Top edge tinted black. , 245,  pages. Inscribed on front free endpaper: "10/19/97 / To John Hooper / With all good wishes / Ira Levin". Minor wear to boards at corners and spine ends. Jacket lightly worn, with faint vertical crease to front panel and tiny chip to upper edge; faint scuffing to spine ends.
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