New York: Random House, 1965. First edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. A Near Fine copy of McCarthy's first book, in like dust jacket. The top stain is partially faded, there is a small bump on the lower edge of the rear board and evidence of a bookplate removed from the front free end paper. The dust jacket is price-clipped and has minor toning and wear at the extremities. Despite the defects an attractive copy and, on the whole, a bright, unfaded copy of this scarce debut.Tracing Biblical themes from the book of Genesis, McCarthy's first novel illustrates the politics of four men in an idyllic hamlet in rural Tennessee and its ultimate demise. The bliss of their home, in communion with nature, is shaken by a greedy antagonist that throws them from their Eden and peels away their innocence and ignorance. Upon its release, "The Orchard Keeper" won the William Faulkner Foundation notable first novel award in 1966 and established a solid foundation for McCarthy's early career. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.
(Inventory #: 1576)
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