1977 1st year edition; Delacorte Press publishers, New York; Book Club Edition; hardbound in black boards with lime Irwin Shaw signature on cover and lime lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good with minimal wear and one small tear (repaired) along edge.
Beggarman, Thief is a 1977 novel written by Irwin Shaw. It was a sequel to his 1970 bestseller Rich Man, Poor Man.
The miniseries adapted from the original novel had a 1976-77 sequel entitled Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, broadcast prior to the publication of Beggarman, Thief and was not based on the second novel. A television adaptation of Beggarman, Thief followed in 1979, and starred Jean Simmons, Glenn Ford, Lynn Redgrave, Andrew Stevens, Tovah Feldshuh and Bo Hopkins.
Wesley, haunted by his father's murder, begins a strange and deeply personal quest; Billy becomes involved with a girl who leads him into unexpected dangers; Gretchen finds new challenges and experiences a remarkable twist to her life. Moving between Europe and America, "Beggarman, Thief" is a brilliant novel chronicling the fortunes of one family - the joys, sorrows, successes and failures. This is not only the gripping sequel to Irwin Shaw's bestselling "Rich Man, Poor Man", but also an outstanding novel in its own right.