|British First Edition from 1958|
This is H.L. Humes' first novel, published in America in 1958 by Random House and in Great Britain the same year by Heinemann. It is a sprawling World War II novel (758 pages!) about the French resistance, politics, war, life, and humanity—it is without question one of my favorite books. Humes was a co-founder of the Paris Review, among many other things, and this was the first of two books he published in his lifetime. I have had the extraordinary pleasure of archiving Humes' papers, which are now currently in the process of finding a home, and I think it's fair to say at this point that I know a great deal about the man and his works.
|A note to Humes from the Publicity Department at Random House (image courtesy of the Humes Archive)|
|Part of a stellar review clipped from the Chicago Sunday Tribune (image courtesy of the Humes Archive)|
|An advanced reading copy of The Underground City|
|Currently in print new edition of The Underground City|