"Up to now he had spoken slowly, pausing between phrases. But now the words came fast, like fencing thrusts.": First Edition of Shelby Foote's Love in A Dry Season; Inscribed by Him
Love In A Dry Season.
Item Number: 41015
New York: The Dial Press, 1951.
First edition of Foote’s third novel which anticipates much of the subject matter of his monumental Civil War trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Dennis Cross from Shelby Foote 13 Oct 90.” The recipient was a friend of Foote’s. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Love in a Dry Season describes an erotic and economic triangle, in which two wealthy and fantastically unhappy Mississippi families, the Barcrofts and the Carrutherses, are joined by an open-faced fortune hunter from the North, a man whose ruthlessness is matched only by his inability to understand the people he tries to exploit and his fatal incomprehension of the passions he so casually ignites. Combining a flawless sense of place with a Faulknerian command of the grotesque, Foote's novel turns a small cotton town into a sexual battleground as fatal as Vicksburg or Shiloh, and one where strategy is no match for instinct and tradition.