Colin Wilson's most famous work, a bestseller, was first published in 1956, when the author was 24 years old. Wilson, one of the 'angry young men' of the era, looks at social outsiders in literature: Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William James, T. E. Lawrence, Vaslav Nijinsky and Vincent van Gogh. This is an existentialist study of social isolation and social exclusion, and discusses Wilson's perception of social alienation in the work of the above figures. The book became a best-seller and helped popularise existentialism in Britain. It has never been out of print and has been translated into more than 30 languages. This early edition is a handsome copy for a collector's library.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1960. Hardback with dustwrapper, 281 pages.