Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. Publisher's light brown cloth, stamped to front and rear boards in blue, lettered in blue to spine, fore-edge untrimmed; in the original red, blue, black, and white dust jacket with "$2.00" price slug. About near fine with some wear to spine head and toning to page edges; in a very good dust jacket, light toning to spine and with wear to extremities, one-inch closed tear to bottom edge of front panel through author's name, four-inch split to bottom of front fold, small split to front edge of spine panel. Overall, a nice copy that presents well. First issued in three parts in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1942, Donovan's Brain was published for the first time in book form in 1943. The novel is written in epistolary format, through a series of diary entries by the protagonist, Dr. Patrick Cory, and tells of his attempts to revive the brain of a man whose body is killed in a plane crash near his house. An immediate bestseller, this book has remained in the canon of popular science fiction literature and has been translated into several languages since its first publication. Indeed, the noted horror/sci-fi writer Stephen King praises Donovan's Brain in his 1981 book Danse Macabre, in which he describes his influences as an author. Notably, the story has been adapted into three separate film versions: The Lady and the Monster (1944), Donovan's Brain (1953), and The Brain (1962).