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Buechner, Frederick
A Long Day's Dying.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1950. First edition of Buechner's brilliant first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author with a full page inscription on the front free endpaper, "I was only a few years older than Patrick when I wrote this. Whenever I glance at it, I am embarrassed. The fact that for many people it remains my best known book embarrasses me still more. Nonetheless, I inscribe it with all the best wishes. For Patrick, Christopher, Celia, and Greg Ross. - Frederick Buechner August 1987." Laid in is a postcard in Buechner's hand addressed to Greg Ross, "29. vii. 89 Dear Mr. Ross, I share your horror and would be happy to sign the ancient volume. Best wishes, Frederick Buechner." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Buechner. A Long Day's Dying is a mid-twentieth-century Jamesian novel that foreshadows many of the themes in Mr. Buechner's later writing: faith, trust, and the complex relations of family and friends. The story follows Tristram Bone, a man of wealth and leisure but a failure with women, and Elizabeth Poor, a rich and beautiful widow and Bone's unrequited love interest, through a series of encounters, affairs and innuendos. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB [Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.]
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