THE UNPLEASANT PROFESSION OF JONATHAN HOAG. Hicksville, New York: The Gnome Press, Inc., . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription to influential F&SF critic, editor and publisher David G. Hartwell on the front free endpaper. Signed again in full by Heinlein on the title page. Collects the title story (a short novel) and five shorter tales, including "All You Zombies," "They," and "And He Built a Crooked House." "Robert Heinlein's 'They' is, I believe, the most comprehensive of all mind-invasion stories ... [it] is the consummate story of invasion and isolation." - Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 110-11. "They" is "perhaps the ultimate solipsist fantasy (a man is convinced the world is a puppet show)." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 460. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-84. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 793. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 21. Text block a bit tanned at edges (less than usual), a fine copy in near fine dust jacket with 20 mm closed tear and associated wrinkle at lower spine end. This book is rarely found inscribed or signed by Heinlein. (#140138).
First edition so stated on copyright page.