Sign In | Register
Wise Blood by  Flannery O'CONNOR - First Edition - 1952 - from Heritage Book Shop, LLC and Biblio.com

Wise Blood

by O'CONNOR, Flannery

Condition: See description


First Edition, Advanced Review Copy in Dust Jacket of the Author's First Book O'CONNOR, Flannery. Wise Blood. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952. Stated first edition, advanced review copy with the review copy slip tipped in at the front endpapers. The slip is stamped "May 19, 1952 $3.00." Octavo (8 x 5 3/8 inches; 203 x 135 mm). [1]-232 pp. Publisher's full yellow cloth, spine stamped in brown. In publisher's dust jacket. Jacket with the tiniest ding at the top of front panel, but there is no loss. Fore-edge of text block with a small ding, barely affecting the edge of the first 20 or so pages. Overall a fine copy in an about fine dust jacket. One other story in [O'Connor's] masterís thesis was revised to become the first chapter of her first novel, Wise Blood, published in 1952. This novel was some five years on the drawing board before OíConnor was willing to release it to Harcourt, Brace. She was committed to draft after draft of her stories and novels, often following circuitous routes on the way to final versions. The hero of Wise Blood, Hazel Motes, whom OíConnor was to call ìa Christian malgrÈ luiî in her authorís note to the 1962 second edition of the novel, sets the tone for the religiously displaced types that haunt her fiction. These unlikely creatures preach strange gospels, engage in rituals of drowning-baptism and ìprayer healingî (burying morbid newspaper stories), have visions near ìhog pensî and before figures of ìartificial Negroes,î and have heads of Byzantine Christs tattooed on their backs. Despite OíConnorís Roman Catholic upbringing and her ongoing commitment to its teachings, her characters tend mainly to be fundamentalist Protestants. These were the religious types she observed most frequently during her years in and around Milledgeville." (American National Biography) HBS 68187. $4,500

Wise Blood was the first novel written by U.S. Southern author Flannery O'Connor.




Reviews

Review this book (Want a chance to win $50? Log-in or create an account first!) (You'll be automatically entered for a chance to win $50!)



Help & frequently asked questions


Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:
tipped in
Tipped In is used to describe something which has been glued into a book. Tipped-in items can include photos, book plates,...[more]
octavo
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...[more]
jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
New
A new book is a book previously not circulated to a buyer. Although a new book is typically free of any faults or defects,...[more]
text block
Most simply the inside pages of a book.  More precisely, the block of paper formed by the cut and stacked pages of a...[more]
fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
Cloth
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...[more]
spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]

$4,500.00

$3.99 shipping to USA

More shipping options >




Biblio Hoaxes: An Inhabitant of Formosa

The Great Formosa Hoax

George Psalmanazar played a grand prank in 1703, pretending to be a resident of the island of Formosa. His book took London by storm.  Learn more...

Nebula Award Winners of the 1970s

Collecting Nebula Award Winners of the 1970s

The Nebula Award has been awarded to stories in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre every year since 1966. Learn about the winners of the 1970s!


Trustpilot