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Midnight Cowboy by  James Leo Herlihy - Paperback - First Thus 2nd Printing - 1969 - from Gargoyle Books (SKU: 015805)

Midnight Cowboy

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Midnight Cowboy

by Herlihy, James Leo

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New York, NY, U.S.A.: Dell, 1969. First Thus 2nd Printing. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good. A First Edition, second printing of this vintage paperback from Dell (#5611) orig. published in 1965, but reissued in this new edition to accompany the release of the 1969 movie starring Dustin Hoffman & Jon Voight. Condition is VG-: very clean, pages slightly off-white with modest tanning around outer edges, binding is secure, but cocked, with a couple of shallow creases. NO writing, highlighting or underlining; NOT ex-lib. Only other flaw is slight edgewear all around. Nicely protected in FREE mylar collector bag. Please see our photos--they show the exact book you will receive from us, never "stock" images! Description & photos copyright Gargoyle Books 2021. Same Day Shipping on all orders received by 2 pm Weekdays (Pacific time); Weekends & holidays ship very next business day.


In some ways, it was unfortunate for author James Leo Herlihy that his novel Midnight Cowboy was adapted into the landmark film of the same name starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Although the film, which won several Oscars including Best Picture, certainly brought the rising author a new level of regard and notice, its almost legendary status in the history of American filmmaking has somewhat overshadowed its literary progenitor. This is especially unfortunate since Herlihy's work is considered by many to be one of the best American novels published since World War II. The novel's protagonist is Joe Buck, a naive young Texan who decides to leave his dead-end job and find a grander, more glamorous life in New York City. The city, of course, turns out to be a much harder place to conquer than Joe expected, and he soon finds his dream compromised. Buck's fall from innocence and his relationship with the crippled street hustler Ratso Rizzo form the novel's emotional nucleus, and the unlikely pair is one of the most sensitively-drawn and complex portraits of friendship in recent literature.The focus on male friendship is in fact a longstanding motif in American literature: Twain's Huck and Jim, Melville's Ishmael and Queequeg, Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, and Kerouac's Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarity are some of the notable examples. Herlihy's Joe Buck and Ratso Rizzo continue this venerable tradition in their unique, starkly-drawn fashion. Midnight Cowboy also takes a well-deserved place among a group of distinguished American novels that write-often with unnerving candor-about people living on the "margins" of society: Nathaniel West's Miss Lonleyhearts, John Fante's Ask the Dust, Kerouac's On the Road, and William Burroughs' Junky, to name a few. Midnight Cowboy, written by Herlihy with a unique mixture of severe realism and sensitivity, may well prove to be the best and most durable of these accomplished works of fiction.


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Herlihy, James Leo
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