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    Boris Pasternak. Doctor Zhivago. London: Collins and Harvill Press, 1958.

    First edition in English of one of the greatest love stories of all time. Octavo. 510 pages.

    Publisher's red cloth with gilt spine lettering. Original dust jacket with photographic portrait of Pasternak on the rear panel. A beautiful copy in a beautiful jacket.

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    First published in Russian in Italy in 1957, Boris Pasternak's largely autobiographical novel was literally smuggled out of the country by the publisher Giacomo Feltrinelli, and was not officially available in the Soviet Union until 1988. The first English edition was published one year later in London in 1958. The film version had to wait even longer. Although Italian producer Carlo Ponti had initially thought of the film as a vehicle for his wife, Sophia Loren, when MGM brought in David Lean, the director chose Julie Christie instead.

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