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The Shootist

Glendon Swarthout

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ISBN 10: 0385060998 / ISBN 13: 9780385060998
Published by Doubleday, U.S.A., 1975
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated first edition. Black faux-leather spine over brown boards, gilt titles. Well-loved tale about an aging gunslinger that was filmed by Don Siegel and starred John Wayne. Swarthout's son has written a kind of sequel, The Last Shootist. Book looks good on the outside but has suffered some internal moisture-rippling, resulting in discoloration to pastedowns and light warping of some pages toward the end of the text block. DJ has mostly escaped this accident with only a few spots at flaps. Now very rare in first. 186 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14209

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Title: The Shootist

Publisher: Doubleday, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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This is the all-time classic novel chosen by the Western Writers of America as one of the best western novels ever wrttten. It is also the inspiration for John Wayne's last great starring role--the acclaimed 1976 film, The Shootist

This special commemorative edition includes a brand new introduction by the author's son, Miles Swarthout, in which he talks about his father's work and the making of the legendary film.

· Chosen by the Western Writers of America as one of the Best Western Novels Ever Written
· Endorsed by Former President Ronald Reagan as "A treasured edition to my library."

From the Inside Flap:

  The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a man of principle and the only surviving gunfighter in a vanishing American West.  He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, on the day Queen Victoria died, there to be told by a doctor that he must soon confront the greatest shootist of all: Death.  In such a showdown, against such an antagonist, he cannot win. Most men may end their days  in bed or take their own lives, but a man-killer has a 3rd option, one which Books decides to exercise.  He may choose his own executioner.
   As word spreads that the famous assassin has reached the end of his rope, an assortment of vultures gathers to feast upon his corpse--among them a gambler, a rustler, an undertaker, an old love, a reporter, even a boy.  Books outwits them, however, by selecting the where, when, who, and why of his death, and writing in fire from a pair of Remingtons the last courageous act of his own legend.  The climatic gunfight itself is an incredible performance by an incredible man, and by his creator, Glendon Swarthout.
   The Shootist will rank with such classics as Shane and The Ox-Bow Incident, but it is much more than a Western.  When, in the final afternoon of his life, J. B. Books crosses a street and enters a saloon to make something of his death, we cross, we enter, with him.  He is us.

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