New York: Farrar , Straus & Cudahy, 1960. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition, octavo size, 243 pp. Near fine / Very good. Item #171031101
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) is a Southern novelist and essayist, this is the second of her only two novels. The hero of "The Violent Bear It Away", Francis Marion Tarwater, "goes through a typically American ritual of initiation, in the manner of Huckleberry Finn or William Faulkner's Ike McCaslin; the difference is that Tarwater finally has a vision of a burning bush and prepares for the unlikely career of a prophet. He is the most realized of those O'Connor characters capable of redemption." (N.B., per ANB). Ms. O'Connor was the recipient of the 1972 National Book Award for her "Complete Stories", which in an online poll taken in 2009 was named the best book ever to have won the National Book Awards. ***DESCRIPTION: Original quarter blue cloth and red marbled pattern paper covered boards, lettering blocked to backstrip in white, top-edge blue, octavo size (8.25" by 5.5"), [i-viii] [1-3] 4-243 pp., first edition. Pictorial dust jacket with a summary of the book on the flaps, short author bio on the back flap. ***CONDITION: A near fine copy, with a strong square text block and solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, internally clean and bright with no prior owner markings; a fear fine copy. The dust jacket is price-clipped, with a few faint stains, a couple of very small chips and short closed tears; overall very good, bright and uncommon. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.