Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. First Edition. Very Good / 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 tape stains to inner panels; in a very good dust jacket, light toning to spine and with wear to extremities. 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 1962 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).