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 ...
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
Fine in very good(+) jacket. 8vo, yellow cloth, d.w. New York: Harcourt Brace, (1952). First Edition. Her first book. A fine copy. The white dust wrapper with the $3.00 price, is slightly toned, with a faint dampstain along the front edge.
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.
Very Good. First edition. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Small ding to top of back board, a bit of light foxing and light dust-soiling to edges. Jacket has light foxing and rubbing, is chipped a bit at head and tail with a few small creases and nicks, but is unclipped ($3.00) and has an unfaded spine panel. A very nice copy of the Southern author's first book.
Fine in Very Good jacket. First edition. Near fine in very good dustwrapper with a small chip on the front panel, a small tear, and slight offsetting on the flaps and inside the jacket from adhesive used on an old homemade jacket protecter. Still a nice and bright copy of the author's first book. Burgess 99.
Fine in Very Good/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. Book is protected in a custom cut clear mylar cover.
Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition, first printing. Publisher's yellow cloth, spine lettered in dark gray; in the original pictorial dust jacket, with red and gray circles emanating waves behind the white title lettering, spine lettered in red and black. Book near fine, with some light wear and faint spotting to the extremities, former owner's inscription to the front fly leaf, otherwise bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and a few minor chips to the extremities, faint toning to the spine, short closed tear to the front panel at the spine head, some soiling to the otherwise fresh panels. Overall, a very good and pleasing copy. Wise Blood is a Southern Gothic novel that tells the story of Hazel Motes, a recently discharged World War II veteran returning from combat to his childhood home in Tennessee. After finding his family gone and their home destroyed, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, an anti-religion which preaches a reliance on self rather than God. O'Connor, herself a native of Georgia and raised Roman Catholic, explores questions of morality and ethics in the 20th century; indeed, Motes' nickname "Haze" reflects his spiritual confusion in the modern age. Interestingly, O'Connor assembled Wise Blood from several previously published short stories.
Good+ No Dust Jacket. 1st printing, stated First Edition, 1952 Harcourt, Brace. Flannery O'Connor's first novel. Good+ copy. Binding is tight, sturdy and square. Top of pages slightly stained, rear board shows minor blemishing along with some wear along the top edge. The previous owner signed her name in pencil on the first page; it has been erased but is still faintly visible. No dist jacket, otherwise this is a very good copy of this scarce collector's item! Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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