Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1959. First edition. First issue without the dedication leaf. A Near Fine copy of the book with sunning to the board edges and top-edge a bit dusty. Near Fine jacket with a bit of rubbing to the panels and a small price marked on the front flap. Scarce in the first issue.
A followup to Salinger's earlier Glass family stories, Raise High the Roof Beam emphasizes Seymour Glass's influence over his siblings prior to his suicide. Though he does not appear indirectly in any portion of the stories, Seymours brothers, sisters, and jilted fiancee cannot escape the hand he plays in shaping their futures. In a contemporary New York Times review, John Updike declared that the work "in its grim bravado, its humor, its morbidity, its wry but persistent hopefulness matches the shape and tint of present American life." Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2492)