San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. Folio. 133,  pp. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. With 87 illustrations. An absolutely exquisite copy, like brand new, in the original dust jacket and preserved in the publisher’s slipcase. A review copy, with the publisher’s note taped onto the first blank indicating a publication date of November 21, 1983. Item #17359
First American edition. Grass (1927-2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor. Trained as both a stonemason and sculptor, he began writing after the end of World War II. His most important work, The tin drum, a foundation of European magical realism, was cited by the committee who awarded him the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. Although best known as a writer, he continued to draw, make prints, and sculpt throughout his life. The foreword, by the editor Answelm Dreher, indicates that “through a dialogue of the graphic artist and trained sculptor with the writer, it is my intention to elucidate Grass’ work, to demonstrate the direct correlation, the immediacy of interchange, between the drawings and the lyric poetry, between word and image.” The result is an outstanding book containing Grass’ drawings and words.