The Wanderer by Henri Alain-Fournier is a 254-page paperback published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1928 by Houghton Mifflin Company. This copy was published in 1945, cover art by Edward Gorey. The cover is tanning and the spine is slightly cocked. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked and the binding is tight but may be dry due to age.
The Wanderer is one of the most striking and beautiful evocations of adolescence ever written. Its poignant description of a young French schoolboy's first love and his subsequent search for the young girl who inspired it realizes Alain-Fournier's ambition "to insert the marvellous into reality." Yet reality is never sacrificed for the luminous quality that infuses it: the characters are intensely alive; the setting, the winding country roads, peasant life, the cold bleak school-house, the landscape, are brilliantly recaptured. But the novel's greatest strength lies in its profound psychological penetration, a breadth of insight which makes calling this simply "a brilliant novel about adolescence" an understatement. The Wanderer is deservedly a classic of modern French literature.