First Edition of A Cider House Rules; Signed Merry Christmas John Irving
The Cider House Rules.
Item Number: 239
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1985.
First edition of Irving’s sixth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Merry Christmas John Irving.” Some spotting to the page edges in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Set in rural Maine in the first half of the 20th century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch- saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. 'Superb in scope and originality, a novel as good as one could hope to find from any author, anywhere, anytime. Engrossing, moving, thoroughly satisfying" (Joseph Heller). Basis for the 1999 film directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron and Michael Caine. Irving won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while Michael Caine won his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.