"PURITY OF EXECUTION WILL ONLY ADD TO THE ARTISTIC ASPECTS OF THE WHOLE WRETCHED MESS"
O'BRIEN, John. Leaving Las Vegas. Wichita: Watermark, (1990). Octavo original black cloth, original dust jacket. $1800.
First edition of O'Brien’s first novel, the basis for the Academy Award-winning film, signed on the half title by him, a splendid copy.
Author Jay McInerney called this unconventional love story "both shocking and curiously exhilarating. John O'Brien was a stunningly talented writer." O'Brien committed suicide only two weeks before the 1995 film adapted from his novel began production. Nicolas Cage's performance won him an Oscar for Best Actor. "First Edition" stated on copyright page.
A fine signed copy.