First UK edition of the classic mid-century botanical disaster novel that inspired the 1962 film of the same name.
Very good in like dust jacket.
"The TRIFFIDS are masterpieces of grumpy plants, nicely gone awry like a combination of archer fish and Venus's-flytraps." – Bleiler
Wyndham offers an innovative take on post-WWII science fiction, creating "an alien being that is the product of an earthly environment" rather than a threat from beyond planetary borders (Bleiler). Just as the work of H. G. Wells inspired Wyndham, Wyndham's work has inspired a new generation of science fiction writers and filmmakers: his narrative device of "the world is transformed while the main character sleeps" is often echoed in post-apocalyptic zombie tales such as "28 Days Later" and "The Walking Dead."
Though TRIFFIDS was first serialized in the US periodical COLLIER'S, the UK edition is "significantly different from the magazine story in both content and language" and was not subjected to the heavy abridgments of the original (Stock), making it the preferable edition. A stylistically foundational piece of science fiction history.
Read more: Richard Bleiler, Science Fiction Writers; Adam Stock, "The Blind Logic in Plants: Enlightenment and Evolution in John Wyndham's THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS."
London: Michael Joseph, (1951). 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original green cloth binding with silver lettering. Original unclipped (10s. 6d.) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Patrick Gierth. 302 pages. Light edgwear to jacket, small spots of soil to rear. Mild edgewear and faint spotting to boards. One spot of soil to fore-edge, leaves clean.
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