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O'Connor, Flannery

Published by Harcourt Brace, New York (1952)

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From: Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books (ABAA) (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Harcourt Brace, New York, 1952. First edition. Yellow boards, with a 3/4 inch chip at top of spine,otherwise very good, without dust jacket. Presentation copy to Reynolds and Jean Allen, dated May 1952. On May 14,1942,almost exactlya decade prior to the book's publication, Reynolds Allen beat Flannery O'Connor out for the top prize in a statewide essay writing contest, receiving a full four-year scholarship to any Georgia college of his choosing; O'Connor won second place and was awarded $10. Both were aspiring writers, and had been friendly enough as classmates at Peabody High School that they once went on a double date (O'Connor's date was Dick Allen, Reynolds's cousin). When she moved back to Georgia in 1950, O'Connor helped to edit some of Allen's mystery stories, none of which appear to have been published. Allen, who attended Emory University, became a lifelong banker and a prominent Milledgeville business man. He remained friendly with O'Connor until her death, and is occasionally cited in biographical sources. The Milledgeville library, Georgia State College for Women, and several local socialites held "autograph parties" for O'Connor when Wise Blood was published on May 15, 1952, much to her distaste ("Around here if you publish the number of whiskers on the local pigs, everybody has to give you a tea," she complained to Robie Macauley at the time (Gooch 209)), and it is likely that the Allens received their copy at one of these. Nevertheless, inscribed copies of the notoriously cheaply-bound novel are relatively uncommon in the trade. Yellow cloth stamped in grey. In good only condition, with a coffee-colored stain and approx. 3/4" loss to crown of spine, small pinkish stain to head of front endpapers, and gutter break at half-title and rear terminals. Otherwise clean internally, with a clear inscription.8-1/4" x 5-3/4". 232 pp. Seller Inventory # 32164

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Wise Blood.: O'CONNOR, Flannery.

O'CONNOR, Flannery.

Published by New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952 (1952)

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From: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. (London, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952, 1952. Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled and rubbed with a couple of small splits to spine ends, circulation card envelope laid down to front pastedown, inscribed note tipped-in to front free endpaper, tape residue to front free endpaper, flaps from a later edition of the book taped to rear endpaper. Overall a very good copy, internally clean, in the repaired and restored jacket. First edition, first printing, presentation copy. This copy was presented by the author to the Shoenberg Library of the National Jewish Hospital in Colorado, with a presentation note pasted to the front free endpaper, "This book presented to the patients of The National Jewish Hospital with the compliments of the author", and the library's stamp to the first blank. Previously tipped in, and now loosely inserted, is accompanying typed signed letter from O'Connor to Phillip Houtz, director of the hospital, dated 28 June 1952, informing him that the book would arrive shortly from her publishers. This is the author's landmark first book, the first chapter of which was expanded from her masters thesis. This copy has the scarce first issue jacket, with the $3.00 price and the correct setting of the front flap. Seller Inventory # 109740

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Wise Blood.: O'Connor, Flannery

O'Connor, Flannery

Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York (1952)

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From: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB (Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1952. First edition of O'Connor's powerful first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to her editor, "For Robie --- Flannery." Robie Macauley was an American editor, novelist and critic whose literary career spanned more than 50 years. In 1966, Macauley became the Fiction Editor at Playboy where he published fiction by Saul Bellow, Roald Dahl, Nadine Gordimer, John Irving, Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, and Kurt Vonnegut among many others. In 1978 he became a Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin where he was responsible for publishing The Mosquito Coast, The Marrakesh One-Two, Shoeless Joe, and several works of nonfiction. Near fine in a good first issue dust jacket with some wear to the front panel and crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association. Assembled from disparate stories first published in Mademoiselle, Sewanee Review and Partisan Review, Flannery O'Connor's first novel, Wise Blood, has come to be appreciated as a work of "low comedy and high seriousness". Themes of redemption, racism, sexism, and isolation are prevalent throughout the novel which O'Connor stated was about "freedom, free will, life and death, and the inevitability of belief.". Seller Inventory # 92789

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Wise Blood: O'Connor, Flannery

O'Connor, Flannery

Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York (1952)

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From: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC (Laguna Hills, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1952. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Flannery O'Connor on a laid in signature. This original First Issue dustjacket has the publisher's printed price present on the front flap with minor wear to the edges. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's yellow cloth and is in great shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with slight wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. We buy SIGNED Flannery O'Connor First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-16929819772

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