“BLEAK BUT GORGEOUS, LIKE LIGHT THROUGH ICE”
GASS, William H. Omensetter's Luck. (New York): New American Library, (1966). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $500.
First edition of Gass’ first, “bleak but gorgeous” novel of good and evil in small-town, turn-of-the-20th-century Ohio.
Gass had several well-received short stories to his credit when he published his first novel, also to great acclaim. Against the backdrop of "a backwater town on the Ohio in the backwater period of the 1890s… the author has managed to carve relevant and urgent metaphors of mortality and salvation" (New York Times, contemporary review). In 1999, David Foster Wallace called Omensetter's Luck Gass' "least avant-gardeish [book] and his best… Bleak but gorgeous, like light through ice." Bruccoli & Clark IV:189.
Book with slightest fading to extreme edges of boards, lower corner of front board lightly bumped. Dust jacket with slight wear to extremities, minor abrasions to rear panel. A bright copy in near-fine condition.