Bacon, Paul. Hard Cover. New York: Random House: 1969. First American Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's navy cloth, stamped in gilt to spine, top edge stained red; in the original yellow dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon, lettered in black and red. A near fine copy with a very slight lean to spine and a touch of toning to page edges, ownership signature in red pencil to front free endpaper; in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to extremities and chipping to spine head and upper corners; spine faded, else bright and clean. Overall, a nice copy. Written in the form of a continuous monologue delivered by Alexander Portnoy to his psychotherapist, Portnoy's Complaint details the internal struggles felt by a young Jewish man whose morals are at odds with his sexual desires. It was met with mixed reviews and controversy because of its blatant descriptions of sexuality. Though 1960's America was overwhelmed by changing social norms and public attention on previously taboo subjects, such bold accounts of sexual experiences and desires were rare in mainstream literature.