First US edition of the Argentine author's best-known novel, a complex queer romance in prison, the basis for the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.
Fine in fine jacket.
"At the 1977 International Book Fair in Buenos Aires, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN was included on a distinguished list of books... which could not be imported, displayed, or sold." – Suzanne Jill Levine
Puig had trouble finding publishers for his experimental novel – narrated almost entirely through dialogue – with explicitly queer content. In 1976, the original Spanish edition was published by Seix Barral in Spain; it was not until 1979 that Knopf finally published the English translation. Biographer Levine argues that THE NEW YORK TIMES broke its "unspoken policy" not to review books with clear gay content by featuring FALCONER by John Cheever; in the wake of that success, Knopf took on KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. Right after the book came out, Puig received a cover story in CHRISTOPHER STREET and became a "celebrity in the New York gay literary scene."
Read more: Levine, Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. 8.5'' x 5.75''. Original quarter black cloth, tan paper boards, metallic brown-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($8.95) color patterned dust jacket based on design by Josef Hoffmann. Red topstain, fore-edge machine deckle. , 281,  pages.
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