Dead Man Leading

2nd imp; C Day Lewis' signed copy


V S Pritchett


Chatto & Windus, London, 1949
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Printing Details

Second impression, hardback bound in the original red cloth boards with white titling to spine. 19.5 × 12.5cm. 314pp.

This copy has been signed by C Day Lewis, with his pencil signature and address to the ffep.

An early novel by V S Pritchett, and a thriller telling the story of an expedition by three Englishmen into the Brazilian jungle; a journey which turns into an obsessive quest for the truth behind a missionary's disappearance seventeen years earlier. The three men are each linked in different ways to the same woman in England, and her presence overshadows the whole narrative. At the centre of the expedition is Harry Johnson, the son of the missing missionary-a solitary explorer-hero who is obsessed by the woman, Lucy. Charles Wright, the leader of the expedition, is Lucy's step-father, and Gilbert Phillips, the journalist accompanying the party, was once her lover.


This is well worn but perfectly readable copy. The red cloth is rubbed with a stain to the front board and there is a small chip to the cloth at the head of the spine. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is secure.

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