London: Jonathan Cape, 1969. First Edition. Fine.
First edition. Uncorrected proof copy. Publisher's original green wraps; maroon proof dust jacket, lettered in gilt on front panel and spine, portrait of Fowles on back. Near fine with usual creasing to spine; in the unclipped with some light wear, a few small tears and slight creasing to spine. The French Lieutenant's Woman follows the relationship between former governess Sarah Woodruff and amateur naturalist Charles Smithson in the 1860s. Fowles used his knowledge of classic literature to enhance the conventional romantic plot, and he was influenced by the postmodernist movement. Uniquely, Fowles includes three dramatically different endings in the book, each explained by the narrator, who at this point has intervened and become a character. The French Lieutenant's Woman was well-received, building off the success of The Magus and The Collector, all of which were adapted into films.