Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1969. Octavo, cloth. First U.S. edition. Signed by Disch on the front free endpaper. In a near future American authoritarian dystopia "the hero, a poet, is inducted into a secret military experiment to maximize soldiers' intelligence. Infected with a syphilis-type bug he becomes a genius as his body begins to fall apart. There is a clever solution to his predicament. Erudite and witty, this is a very impressive modern recension of the Faust legend." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second series, p. 57. "A key work of avant-garde SF ..." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-343. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 162. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 56. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 309. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 277-82. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. (15570). Item #15570

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