Born in Captivity

The first US edition


John Wain, dustwrapper design by Susan Foster


Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1954
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Printing Details

First US edition, hardback in dustwrapper.19.5 × 13.5cm, 300pp.

Born in Captivity is a picaresque novel tracing the adventures of Charles Lumley as he searches for his place in postwar English society. Rejecting the upper-class possibilities which would come to someone with even a mediocre university degree, turning his back on the middle-class upward scrambling of his family, Lumley turns over his life to chance, making decisions only when he must flee from personal danger or from what he perceives as the traps of convention.


The book itself is in very good condition, the dustwrapper is tanned to the spine and with some edgewear but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.

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