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Mercy Among the Children

By Richards, David Adams




David Adams Richards was born in 1950 in Newcastle, New Brunswick, the third of six children in a working-class family. Though he didn’t grow up as poor as Lyle, he knew something about feeling different in a rural community, having a “townie” father who owned a movie theatre and suffered from narcolepsy. He found his calling at the age of fourteen, after reading Oliver Twist, and embarked on a life of extraordinary purpose, which he says didn’t help the family finances: "Sometimes…I thought it would be better if I were a plumber, but I wouldn’t be very good."

He studied literature at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, and while working on a second novel he attended an informal weekly writers workshop, known as the Ice House Gang for the converted storage room where they met. There he received encouragement from established writers including the late Alden Nowlan, whom he names as an important influence along with Faulkner, Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Emily Bronte. He published a book of poetry, Small Heroics, in the New Brunswick Chapbooks Series in 1972. When the first five chapters of The Coming of Winter won the Norma Epstein Prize for Creative Writing in 1973, he left university three credits short of his degree to write full-time; the book was published the following year, and translated into Russian.

He and his wife Peggy, who had met at 17 and married at 21, spent several years travelling in Canada, Australia and Europe (they particularly loved Spain), where he found he could write about the Miramichi he loved regardless of where he lived. Gradually, he took postings as writer-in-residence at universities in New Brunswick, Ottawa, Alberta, and Virginia. In 1997, they moved to Toronto, where they now live with their two young sons, John Thomas and Anton, and their dog Roo. Living in Toronto where Peggy has family allows the rest of the family to live a normal life when Richards is absorbed in his work and writing late at night.

Though Richards has won or been nominated for almost every award for which he's been eligible, one of only three writers to win both fiction and non-fiction categories of the Governor General’s Award, his writing was often criticized for being too bleak or too regional, and it was years before he made money. He laughs at the sales of his early work: “For a long while if I sold 200 books, I’d be saying: Oh, great! And, you know, a $50 advance! That's great. I only worked three years, I don't know if I can spend $50.”

His screenwriting career was launched in 1987 with the premiere of Tuesday, Wednesday. The screen play for Small Gifts, a Christmas special first aired on the CBC in 1994, received international acclaim at the New York Film Festival and won him his first Gemini; he won his second for the screen adaptation of For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down. He continues to adapt his own work for the screen.

As he documented in a passionate and humorous meditation, Lines on the Water, he loves fly-fishing on the Miramichi river. No longer a resident, he was recently made an honorary Miramichier by the people of New Brunswick so he could get a fishing licence. He has also written a non-fiction book on the place of hockey in the Canadian soul, and is working on a hunting book, though hasn’t hunted big game for several years.

His fiction shows his deep interest in rural men and women, who are “extremely condescended to and misunderstood so much of the time”. Characters like Cynthia and Mat Pit and Leo McVicer he sees as brilliant and strong, and not particularly unusual in a rural environment. He remembers people who were “reading the classics when they were 11-years-old and lived in a dirt shack”, like Sydney Henderson.

Hand in hand with this goes a fascination with power, whether economic or intellectual, and its capacity for corruption. He recalls his university years during the Vietnam War, when “power was the main focus of the people”, and seeing friends use the peace movement for their own gain. “I saw how lives were bullied and humiliated by this… And Peggy and I became outcasts because I refused to participate... I thought that if power is so easily attained and misused by people who say they're for peace then there must be something fundamentally wrong with it… I'm not saying these people are good or bad, I'm just saying it's a human failing.”

He admires writers who “leave a lot unsaid”, and tries to put that quality into his own work now, having pared down his technique. His short stories and articles have been published in literary magazines and anthologies, and he has two unpublished plays, The Dungarvan Whooper and Water Carriers, Bones and Earls: the Life of François Villon, and one unpublished novel, Donna. His literary papers were acquired in 1994 by the University of New Brunswick.


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Doubleday Canada, 2000. An exploration of how humanity faces inhumanity, how lies and disappointments cannot and will never destroy truth and human greatness. 368 pp. plus Afterword. fon on fep, light rubbing to base of spine, ow book is as new. SIGNED by author on title page. . Bookseller's Inventory # 071729.. Signed by Author. First Edition Fourth Reprint. Blue Hardcover. Fine/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Pembroke, ON: The Renfrew County Council, 1970. Introduction by Harry J. Walker. Author, who has a background in history, geology and archeology, begins his 'glimpse' about 5 000 years ago. . . 242 pp. plus: Past, Present and Credits, Bibliography, Allumete Island Radiocarbon Date. Book is illustrated with maps and b/w photographs. Book has light edge wear, 3/4" lamination bubble bottom front near tail of sunned spine and start of a 2" crease at bottom of rear panel. Bookseller's inventory # 172287. No Edition Stated, Presumed 1st. Illustrated Card Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8 1/2" X 5 1/4".

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Doubleday Canada, Limited. Hardcover. 0385259174 Quick--US Priority Ship! {Signed; 1st Ed.} Square, tight w/ sharp corners 1--up full # line thus 1st Printing stated First U.S. Edition 2000 hardcover w/ clean & unmarked LIKE NEW pages, outside edges and cover. Distinctive "signature/ initial" only: "David Adams Richards" sits/ intersects name on main title page. /@/ $32.95 dust jacket is clean, bright and protected w/ a removable and clear, acid free archival sleeve w/ LIKE NEW front, back and spine panels --including all foredge and spine corners. Beautiful book and DJ. Ships within 24 hours--w/ tracking # and packaged w/ three levels of protection. (Richards) . Fine.

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First printing. Signed by David Adams Richards on title page. Co-winner of the 2000 Scotiabank Giller prize (the win was shared with Michael Ondaatje's ANIL'S GHOST). 321 pages. Newspaper clipping of a Charles Foran review of the book laid in. Dust jacket is protected in a clear sleeve.

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Toronto: Doubleday, 2000. First edition, advance reading copy. 8vo, softcover with the same illustration as the cloth edition. Nearly Fine. Appears to be unread but very faint crease affecting cover and first few leaves at the bottom edge. SIGNED on the title page. Uncommon.. Signed by Author(s). 1st. Paperback. Fine.

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New York, NY, U.S.A.: Arcade Publishing, Inc., 2001. First U.S. Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. As New/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Co-winner of the 2000 Giller Prize (with Michael Ondaatje's ANIL'S GHOST), Canada's most prestigious literary honor. Also author of LINES UPON THE WATER. As new, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. L58

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Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2000 Original dark blue paper boards. Unclipped DJ has tiny nick at head of spine. No writing. Mercy, Fury, Love, Redemption, and Afterword. Set in Saint John, New Brunswick, and area. It's all about living the good life. 371 pp.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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New York:: Arcade Publishing,, (2001.). Very good in very good dust jacket. (slight spine slant.). First US printing. Highly praised novel by this Canadian writer; co-winner of the prestigious 2000 Giller Prize with Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost as well as short- listed for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Alistair MacLeod called this 'one of the great novels of our time.' 371 pp.

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Toronto: Doubleday Canada. Very Good- in Very Good dust jacket. 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. 371 pp. Spine bumped. Jacket has light edgewear. Prev owner's stamp embossed on the title page. Signed by the author on the title page. Set in northern New Brunswick, the book tells of one man`s pact with God, and its impact on his family. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author .

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Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2000. (CAD) SIGNED BY AUTHOR to the title page, owner's inscription as well, no other markings, slight fading of extreme cover edges not protected by the dust jacket, Very Good in unclipped Very Good dust jacket with to[ edge not quite crisp. Blue bds, 371pp. This novel is the co-winner of the 2000 Giller Prize with Michael Ondaatje's ANIL'S GHOST. (1.9 JMLVR 202/1. Signed by Author. 1st. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2000. 371 pp. Personalized inscription by David Adams Richards on the title page. Blue boards lettered in silver on the spine; parchment endpapers; headband. Light wear on the corners; price intact; aside from the author's inscription, no interior markings. Mercy Among the Children is a work of grand accomplishment, an exploration of how humanity faces inhumanity, how lies and disappointments cannot and will never destroy truth and human greatness.... Signed by Author. Second Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

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Toronto: Doubleday Canada 2000, 1st edition. (Cloth) 371pp. Fine in near fine dust jacket. .

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Londond, England: Jonathan Cape. Very Good+. 2001. 1st Edition. Paperback. 0224062034 . Trade Paperback. This is a Very Good + book with a solid binding and an unmarked text. Pages have tanning them, a black remainder mark to the bottom edges with a small sticker scar on the back cover. "Joint winner (with Michael Ondaajte's Anil's Ghost) of the Giller Prize, Mercy Among the Children is reckoned by many to be the finest Canadian novel of 2000. The novel tells the story of Sydney Henderson and his son Lyle. As a young man, Sydney, believing he has accidentally killed a friend, makes a pact with God, promising never to harm another if the boy's life is spared. In the years that follow the almost pathologically gentle Sydney holds true to his promise - at terrible cost to himself and his family." ; A Jonathon Cape Original; 9.10 X 6 X 1.40 inches; 371 pages .

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New York: Arcade Publishing, (2000). "Uncorrected Advance Proofs". Glossy pictorial card covers, pp. 371. Publisher's card soliciting comments laid in. This novel was the winner of the prestigious Giller Prize. Richards was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Timothy Findley Award in 2004. Small crease to front cover, else fine..

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[Toronto]: Doubleday Canada, 2000. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Although not marked in any way, this copy is from the distinguished modern first edition collection of Bruce Kahn.

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RICHARDS, DAVID ADAMS

TORONTO: DOUBLEDAY. Hardcover. SIGNED IN INK ON HALF TITLE PAGE FOR ALEXIS ALL THE BEST DAVID RICHARDS IN TORONTO 2010 DUST JACKET SLIGHTLY EDGE BUMPED. NOW IN MYLAR PROTECTOR. MOTHERMACS SHIPS TO US, EUROPE VIA AIR MAIL. WE SHIP FROM TORONTO, ONTARIO MOTHERMACS BRINGS OVER TEN YEARS OF QUALITY, VALUE AND PROMPT SERVICE TO THE INTERNET NAVIRES Mothermacs de Toronto, Ontario et apporte plus de DIX ANS DE SERVICE DE QUALIT?, VALEUR ET RAPIDE ? INTERNET MOTHERMACS los buques a EE.UU., Europa v?a correo a?reo. ENVIAMOS DE TORONTO, ONTARIO MOTHERMACS lleva m?s de diez a?os de servicio CALIDAD, VALOR Y PRONTA A INTERNET . Very Good. 2000. 1st Edition. Shipping at cost.

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New York City: Arcade Publishing, 2001. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Beautiful First Printing. Square, tight and clean throughout with little or no wear. Very attractive clipped wrapper has a touch of surface wear but very minor and is fresh and bright with no creases, chipping or tears. A very pretty collectable copy of this winner of the Giller Prize and at a great price.

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New York, NY, U.S.A.: Doubleday Publishing, as new, pp. 371. 2000. Fourth Impression. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

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Toronto, Ontario: Doubleday Canada, 2000. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Inscribed by Author(s). Second Printing. Inscribed by David Adams Richard on the title page; some edge wear to boards and dust jacket; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition..

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Mercy among the Children

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Anchor Canada, 2001. Soft Cover. Fine. Dedicated & signed by author. Previous owners name in front

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Doubleday Canada. Hardcover. 0385259174 Canadian first edition, first printing. Published by Doubleday Canada in 2000. Contains numberline 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Virtually no wear to jacket. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Fine condition with no bumps or marks. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. Oversize and heavy items may require additional postage. All books are marked down 35% until February 1, 2019. Start stocking up now! . Fine. 2000. First Edition.

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Fine in Fine dust jacket. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. ...; . . Hardcover. Arcade Publishing, 2001. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Fine Book in Fine Dust Jacket. Price Intact. Overall, a clean and tight copy. . Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. .

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Mercy Among the Children

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Doubleday Canada, 2000. Hardcover. Good.

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Doubleday Canada, 2000. Book. Fine (Book Condition). Hard Cover with Jacket. A very nice copy. Text clean, binding strong. [Montreal Books rating system: 1. Fine; 2. Near Fine; 3. Very Good; 4. Good; 5. Fair.].

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Arcade Publishing, 2001-10-08. Hardcover. VeryGood. 9.5709 inches 6.4606 inches. First Edition / First Printing as identified with ""1"" in the full number line.

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Mercy Among the Children

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Anchor Canada, 2001. Softcover. NF.. Giller Prize winner.

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Washington Square Press, October 2002. Trade . 3.1 PB standard 50%.

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Mercy Among the Children

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Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2001. Paperback. pp. 417. 8vo. Light general shelf wear, small ink inscription to first page, very good.

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