(#153629) GLADIATOR-AT-LAW. Frederik and Pohl, M. Kornbluth.

GLADIATOR-AT-LAW. New York: Ballantine Books, [1955]. Small octavo, cloth. First edition. "A satirical attack on near-future capitalism, in which the hero is a crusading lawyer who braves the slums of Belly Rave ('Belle Reve') where the populace are sustained, Roman-fashion, by bread and circuses. Eventually he becomes a (literal) gladiator, fighting for the people's cause. Excellent, amusing detail, even if the denouement is a bit hard to credit: it's the authors' best collaboration after THE SPACE MERCHANTS." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 155. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-311. Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, p. 120. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 258. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 894-8. Text paper tanned (less than is usually the case with this book), a fine copy in very good or better dust jacket with light wear at spine ends, 12 mm closed tear at upper front flap fold, 10 mm closed tear and associated crease at lower front flap fold, and clipped price. A nice copy of a very scarce Ballantine hardcover. (#153629).

Price: $1,250.00

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