“Wrap me in the weathers of the earth, I will be hard and hard. My face will turn rain like the stones": First Edition of Cormac McCarthy's Suttree; Inscribed by Him to Screenwriter Orin Borsten
Item Number: 125288
New York: Random House, 1979.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel and what many consider to be his finest. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Orin All The Best Cormac.” The recipient, Orin Borsten was a screenwriter and publicist, who began his career as a child actor in Atlanta and appeared on Broadway in the American Way. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jack Ribik. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Suttree is the fourth of McCarthy's novels to be published, but he had started it well before his first, The Orchard Keeper, appeared in 1965 to great critical acclaim. The principle scene of Suttree is Knoxville, Tennessee in the early 1950's. The central figure, Cornelius Suttree, is a fisherman who lives in a dilapidated houseboat on the river. Estranged from his prominent family, he has withdrawn from the society they represent, choosing instead a different world inhabited by people who live precarious, desperate, often violent lives. "McCarthy is a writer to he read, to be admired, and quite honestly- envied" (Ralph Ellison).