The Alien. The Dedication Copy, Inscribed to Ben & Bernarda Shahn
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1964. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Black cloth boards, lettered in blue, gray and red; original Seymour Chwast dustjacket; 209pp. The dedication copy, inscribed on dedication page, below the printed dedication to Ben and Bernarda, "with all my friendship / Ed." A fine copy in slightly worn and spine-darkened jacket. Rosskam's first and only novel, of an American intellectual in Puerto Rico, inspired by the life of Rosskam and the Shahns' mutual friend and FSA colleague Jack Delano. Rosskam and his wife Louise, Ben and Bernarda Shahn all worked together in the photography section of the Farm Security Administration, and later in the Office of War Information, where they produced some of the most memorable images during what has become known as the "Golden Age" of documentary photography.