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Edisto

Powell.padgett

ISBN 10: 043637918X / ISBN 13: 9780436379185
Published by Secker & Warburg, London, 1984
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Edisto

Publisher: Secker & Warburg, London

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hard Back

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First English Edition.

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Finalist for the National Book Award: Through the eyes of a precocious twelve-year-old in a seaside South Carolina town, the world of love, sex, friendship, and betrayal blossoms Simons Everson Manigault is not a typical twelve-year-old boy in tiny Edisto, South Carolina, in the late 1960s. At the insistence of his challenging mother (known to local blacks as "the Duchess"), who believes her son to possess a capacity for genius, Simons immerses himself in great literature and becomes as literate and literary as any English professor. When Taurus, a soft-spoken African American stranger, moves into the cabin recently vacated by the Manigaults' longtime maid, a friendship forms. The lonely, excitable Simons and the quiet, thoughtful Taurus, who has appointed himself Simons's guide in the ways of the grown-up world, bond over the course of a hot Southern summer. But Taurus may be playing a larger role in the Manigaults' life than he is willing to let on-a suspicion that is confirmed when Simons's absent father suddenly returns to the family fold. An evocative, thoughtful novel about growing up, written in language that sparkles and soars, Padgett Powell's Edisto is the first novel of one of the most important southern writers of the last quarter century. "A remarkable book . . . there is not a line that simply slides by; each, in one way or another, turns things to a fresh and unexpected angle." -Los Angeles Times "Simons Manigault is brother to all literary adolescents-Mailer's D.J., Salinger's Holden Caulfield, Joyce's Stephen Dedalus. . . . A sparkling read, so full of an energetic intelligence, inventiveness, love of language, and love of people." -The New York Times Book Review "Truly remarkable. . . . It reminds one of The Catcher in the Rye, but it's better-sharper, funnier, more poignant." -Walker Percy "Edisto is a startling book, full of new sights, sounds, and ways of feeling. Mr. Powell weaves wonderful tapestries from ordinary speech; his people, black and white, whether speaking to each other or past each other, tell us things that we never heard before. The book is subtle, daring, and brilliant." -Donald Barthelme Padgett Powell is the author of six novels, includingThe Interrogative Mood and You & Me. His novelEdisto was a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Little Star, and the Paris Review, and he is the recipient of the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Whiting Writers' Award. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches writing at MFA@FLA, the writing program of the University of Florida.

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Padgett Powell’s most recent novel is Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men. 

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