"Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England": First Edition of The Cider House Rules; Signed by John Irving

  • The Cider House Rules.

The Cider House Rules.

Item Number: 15067

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1985.

First edition of the author’s sixth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by John Irving on the title page. Near fine in a 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.