Hardcover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher’s black cloth-backed dark gray paper-covered boards, with titles in gilt to spine, and red topstain; in its original gold foil dust jacket, lettered in black, white, and red, with a portrait of Rice to rear panel, and $8.95 price to front flap. About fine book, with a touch of spotting to cloth and text block edges, bright gilt and topstain; near fine unclipped dust jacket, with light spotting to top of front panel and spine, some very light scratch marks to panels, and light marks to spine ends. Overall, a beautiful example of the dust jacket. Interview with the Vampire is Anne Rice’s debut novel, a classic vampire story that kicked off her acclaimed 13-book Vampire Chronicles series. In the book, a 200-year-old vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac recounts his personal history to a young unnamed reporter. In the late 1700s, Louis, grieving the death of his brother and wishing for death himself, met a vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt who turned him into a vampire. The two lived together, but in disharmony, as Louis felt guilt about killing humans, while Lestat reveled in it. Later, Lestat turns a young girl, Claudia, into a vampire to keep Louis close to him, and the three form a family together. Rice supposedly based the immortal Claudia on her own daughter, Michelle, who died tragically at a young age from leukemia. In 1994, the book was adapted into a film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and a young Kirsten Dunst in her breakout role. Item #ARC003