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'One of the most gifted and startling writers to have come out of the American South' - V. S. Pritchett. "Wise Blood", Flannery O' Connor's first ...Show synopsis'One of the most gifted and startling writers to have come out of the American South' - V. S. Pritchett. "Wise Blood", Flannery O' Connor's first novel, is the story of Hazel Motes who, released from the armed services, returns to the evangelical Deep South. There he begins a private battle against the religiosity of the community and in particular against Asa Hawkes, the 'blind' preacher, and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In desperation Hazel founds his own religion, 'The Church without Christ', and this extraordinary narrative moves towards its savage and macabre resolution. 'A literary talent that has about it the uniqueness of greatness' - "Sunday Telegraph". 'No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation' - "The New Yorker". 'A genius' - "New York Times".Hide synopsis
Description:First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED to old...First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED to old friends, "For Reid and Hildy / Flannery O'Connor." Reid Broderick was a doctor and his wife, Hildegarde, a major socialite in Savannah; they were close friends of O'Connor's cousin and patron, Kate Flannery Semmes, who lived next-door to the O'Connors when they were in Savannah. WISE BLOOD, a strong "Southern Gothic" novel, can be read many different ways, including as a snapshot of the South after World War II, when rural and city clashed and tent-revival preachers encountered big city marketing. Near fine with minor aging to the yellow cloth which is a little darkened on spine ends; in a very good to near fine, lightly soiled dust jacket with small chipping to corners and spine ends.
Description:Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles to spine in brown....Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles to spine in brown. Contents slightly toned, very light wear to extremities. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed and marked jacket with a few short closed tears and very minor loss at the ends of the spine. First edition, first printing of the author's first book.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First Printing. Dustjacket has 1...Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First Printing. Dustjacket has 1/4" by 1/2" chip with 2" tear to bottom of front panel. There is also a 1/4" by 1 " chip to top of rear panel. Very light wear to corners and spine ends. Overall, a bright, attractive copy with none of the usual spine fading common to this title.
Description:First edition. Very slight rubbing at the bottom of the boards,...First edition. Very slight rubbing at the bottom of the boards, as usual, else fine in a very good or better dustwrapper with a hint of pencil notation and two tears on the front panel, and a small chip at the corner of the crown. A nice copy, with the white jacket whiter than usual. Advance Review Copy with slip tipped to the front fly. The author's first book. Burgess 99. See this book in 3D on our site.
Description:Clean, tight book with slight discoloration at foot of spine....Clean, tight book with slight discoloration at foot of spine. Dustjacket has been professionally restored including infill at top and bottom of front panel and spine. More than presentable copy of an increasingly scarce book. Cloth 8vo. 232pp. Author's first book. Stated first printing.
Description:Very Good in very good jacket. Octavo. 232 pp. First edition...Very Good in very good jacket. Octavo. 232 pp. First edition stated of the author's first book. Very good condition in yellow boards. Small prior owner name to the inside front pastedown else a clean well bound copy. Light wear to spine tips and with offsetting to rear board. The price intact dustwrapper is quite bright with vivid red lettering on the spine. The jacket suffers from a 2/3" wide irregular shaped chip at the top edge of the front panel. A good preservationist could improve this matter greatly. Debut novel by one of the most respected of all 20th century Southern writers. A Burgess 99 title (or, as I like to call it, one of the "nifty fifty"). See photos for details.
Description:First edition. Boards well-worn, particularly on the spine, thus...First edition. Boards well-worn, particularly on the spine, thus only good in about very good dustwrapper with small chips on the front and rear panel. The cheap, cardboard construction of the boards seems to ensure that most copies are found well-worn. The author's first book. Burgess 99. See this book in 3D on our site.
Description:Yellow boards, a light dampmark affects the lower 1-inch of the...Yellow boards, a light dampmark affects the lower 1-inch of the boards, otherwise (! ) an exceptionally fresh copy in price-clipped, but equally fresh dust jacket with a few tiny nicks and the damp mark just faintly visible at the spine, on the inside.
Description:Very Good. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952. 232 pp....Very Good. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952. 232 pp. First Edition, First Printing with statement of "First Edition" on the copyright page. In scarce original dust jacket, with proper price of $3.00 in tact. The dust jacket, while present, is heavily chipped, and has significant loss to the rear panel. A facsimile dust jacket has been placed beneath the real dust jacket to fill out the missing pieces. Very Good/Good hardcover in Fair dust jacket. Book itself in nice shape. Clean pages, sound binding, square. Small spot to side of page block. Exterior shows edge wear and light soiling. The rear board shows minor discoloration corresponding to the dust jacket loss. Dust jacket is in fair condition with heavy loss. Dust jacket is mylar-protected. A rare first edition, in an even scarcer original dust jacket.
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