Item #RD018 The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Six More. Roald Dahl.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Six More

Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1977. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.

Line drawings by Anne Knight. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Dahl on front free endpaper: "Amanda / Love / Roald Dahl / 9th, Dec. 1980. / [flourish]." Publisher's navy cloth, spine lettered in gilt, cream endpapers; original white wraparound pictorial dust jacket with illustration of a man throwing money off of a balcony, jacket designed by Susan Shields, lettered in red and black. About fine, with slightly dusty top edge of text block, and previous owner's name written neatly on front free endpaper; near fine unclipped dust jacket, with light creasing to head of spine, and light fading to spine. Overall, a very attractive copy. This short story collection, penned by masterful children's author Roald Dahl, contains seven stories geared towards a slightly older audience. The stories included are: "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar," "The Boy Who Talked with Animals," "The Hitch-Hiker," "The Mildenhall Treasure," "The Swan," "Lucky Break," and "A Piece of Cake." In the titular story, Henry Sugar gains telekinetic abilities, which he uses to win large sums of money at casinos. Sickened by the money that he amasses, he vows to use his wealth to create high quality orphanages. It has been theorized that the story, with its happy ending and main character's saccharine name, was a playful jab at critics who argued that Dahl's stories were too dark and offensive.

Item #RD018

Price: $1,250.00