"EVINCES SOME OF THE FOUNDATIONAL THEMES OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF STONEMASON, ONE OF ONLY 350 COPIES SIGNED BY CORMAC MCCARTHY
MCCARTHY, Cormac. The Stonemason. A Play in Five Acts. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco, (1994). Octavo, original half black cloth, original slipcase. $950.
Signed limited first edition of McCarthy's first published play, number 125 of only 350 copies signed by him on the publisher's tipped-in leaf.
Stonemason "tells of the close bond between a young black construction worker, Ben Telfair, and his stonemason grandfather… 'Stacking up stone is the oldest trade there is,' said McCarthy in 1992… 'It's older than anything, older than fire'" (Hage, Cormac McCarthy, 14). "The play evinces some of the foundational themes of southern literature… The social and cultural subtext of Stonemason therefore ensures that it can be read alongside works such as The Orchard Keeper and Suttree where the mythical and philosophical struggles of the protagonists are paralleled by narratives that document rapidly changing southern socioeconomic and cultural landscapes" (Walsh, "History Done Swallow You Up," Appalachian Heritage). Stonemason was staged in Houston in 2001 following an earlier unproduced attempt in Washington D.C. in 1992. "First Edition" stated on copyright page with no further editions or printings; as issued without dust jacket. Published along with a trade edition, no priority established.
A fine signed copy.