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SMITH, WILBUR - Hungry As the Sea

Title: Hungry As the Sea
Description: New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1978. 1st American Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light rubbing and wear. The text pages are clean and bright. There is an ink stamped "Compliments of Doubleday & Company, Inc." on the front pastedown page. There is some rippling on the front endpaper where a previous owner's bookplate was removed. The dust jacket has several small edge nicks and tears, some beginning spots of rubbing and some toning to the spine. "When the Lion Feeds tells the stories of two young men, twins Sean and Garrick Courtney. The characters' surname was a tribute to Smith's grandfather, Courtney James Smith, who had commanded a Maxim gun team during the Zulu Wars. Courtney James Smith had a magnificent mustache and could tell wonderful stories that had helped inspire Wilbur. Smith's agent in London, Ursula Winant, managed to sell the book to William Heinemann for an advance of 2000 pounds and an initial print run of 10,000 copies. The book went on to be successful, selling around the world (except in South Africa, where it was banned) and enabling Smith to leave his job and work full-time. Charles Pick, who bought the book for Heinemann, later became Smith's mentor and agent. Smith says Pick gave him advice he never forgot: "Write for yourself, and write about what you know best." Pick also advised: "Don't talk about your books with anybody, even me, until they are written." Smith has said that, "Until it is written a book is merely smoke on the wind. It can be blown away by a careless word." " (from Wikipedia). Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket .

Keywords: Modern Fiction First Edition Wilbur Smith Ships & Sailing Adventure Africa Modern Fiction Firsts

Price: US$ 20.00 Seller: S. Howlett-West Books
- Book number: 38601

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