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Wise Blood
New York: Harcourt Brace & Company 1952 - First edition, first printing. Publisher's yellow cloth, spine lettered in dark gray; in the original pictorial dust jacket, with red and gray circles emanating waves behind the white title lettering, spine lettered in red and black. Book near fine, with some light wear and faint spotting to the extremities, former owner's inscription to the front fly leaf, otherwise bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and a few minor chips to the extremities, faint toning to the spine, short closed tear to the front panel at the spine head, some soiling to the otherwise fresh panels. Overall, a very good and pleasing copy. Wise Blood is a Southern Gothic novel that tells the story of Hazel Motes, a recently discharged World War II veteran returning from combat to his childhood home in Tennessee. After finding his family gone and their home destroyed, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, an anti-religion which preaches a reliance on self rather than God. O'Connor, herself a native of Georgia and raised Roman Catholic, explores questions of morality and ethics in the 20th century; indeed, Motes' nickname "Haze" reflects his spiritual confusion in the modern age. Interestingly, O'Connor assembled Wise Blood from several previously published short stories. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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