New York: Roy Publishers, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 224pp. Original pictorial wrappers over black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Atkins offers us not only an absorbing study of a man in search of a satisfying philosophy, but also a lively exploration of European politics, present and future. Minor offsetting on endpapers. Wrappers, binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #28630
Arthur Koestler (1905– 1983) was a Hungarian author of essays, novels and autobiographies. He was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. His early career was in journalism. In 1931 Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned by Stalinist atrocities, he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti-totalitarian novel, "Darkness at Noon," which propelled him to international fame. Over the next 43 years, Koestler espoused many political causes and wrote novels, biographies, and numerous essays. In 1968, he was awarded the prestigious Sonning Prize "for outstanding contribution to European culture" and, in 1972, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1976, Koestler was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and, three years later, with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in its terminal stages. He committed suicide along with his wife in 1983 in London.