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] master’s 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 O’Connor 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 O’Connor was to call “a Christian malgré lui” in her author’s 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 “prayer healing” (burying morbid newspaper stories), have visions near “hog pens” and before figures of “artificial Negroes,” and have heads of Byzantine Christs tattooed on their backs. Despite O’Connor’s 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)

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