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A Canticle for Leibowitz; A Novel

A Canticle for Leibowitz; A Novel

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A Canticle for Leibowitz; A Novel

by Miller, Walter M

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Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960. First Edition, Second Impression. Hardcover. Near fine/near fine. The second impression of A Canticle for Leibowitz, the Hugo Award winning novel from Walter M. Miller, Jr.. Octavo, 320pp. Purple boards, black cloth spine, title printed in purple on spine. Stated "second impression" on copyright page. Bookplate of Joseph P. Martino on front free endpaper. Touch of rubbing along bottom edge of front board, internally clean. In the publisher's second state dust jacket, $4.95 on front flap, with "second printing" stated on front flap, touch of toning to spine, bright illustrations, a near fine example. (Currey, 367). Walter M. Miller Jr. (1923-1996) was an American science fiction writer who served as a source of inspiration for Margaret Atwood's writings. The two have similar themes throughout their stories, including post-apocalyptic and dystopian societies, regressive/cyclical politics, and challenges between church and state. Miller won the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel for A Canticle for Leibowitz, a post-apocalyptic work of science fiction. This copy is from the library of Joseph P. Martino, a fellow science-fiction author and contributor of short stories to numerous magazines. He died in Sidney, Ohio in 2022.


A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr. , first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions.


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A Canticle for Leibowitz; A Novel
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The second impression of A Canticle for Leibowitz, the Hugo Award winning novel from Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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