THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY REYNOLDS PRICE
PRICE, Reynolds. The Surface of Earth. New York: Atheneum, 1975. Thick octavo, original red cloth gilt, original dust jacket. $250.
First edition of this vast family saga, signed by the author on the title page.
Reynolds Price's "novels and stories about ordinary people in rural North Carolina struggling to find their place in the world established him as one of the most important voices in modern Southern fiction" (New York Times). This novel spans four generations of two families' interwoven lives in the early 20th-century. Intentionally evoking an earlier style of fiction, it "features a Victorianesque accretion of details, building up a group portrait of a regional community" (Chronology of U.S. Literature). Bruccoli & Clark 1:303. Bookseller's small ticket.
A fine signed copy.