Dad [Uncorrected Proof]. William Wharton, Albert William Du Aime.
Dad [Uncorrected Proof]
Dad [Uncorrected Proof]
Dad [Uncorrected Proof]

Dad [Uncorrected Proof]

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First Edition [Uncorrected Proof]. Wrappers. A Very Good copy of the Uncorrected Proof for the first edition, first printing, of William Wharton's second novel [which followed his 1979 Debut Novel "Birdy" - which won the 1979 American Book Award for Best First Novel]. The wrappers are a bit askew, and show some general wear and wrinkling]. The Novel centers around a dying mother, the son who goes to be with her, and his Father's inability to cope with her death. The father will not let go, while the son wants to move on in life. In "Books of the Times" (published by the New York Times, the reviewer stated: "There is also too much behavior that somehow violates what we expect from fiction. Only in real life would the scene occur in which a nurse, having watched a son save his father's life with mouth-tomouth resuscitation, kisses the son erotically and says, ''I hope someday somebody loves me the way you love your daddy....And only in real life would Dad's and Mom's mutually destructive psychodrama go on and on past logical repetition, and on past human endurance, and on past the neatness of fictional form. No, ''Dad'' has to be autobiography by the pseudonymous William Wharton, and very possibly autobiography written earlier than ''Birdy.'' And only in real life would nothing come of that kiss, despite the son's arousal and the nurse's invitation to act on it. In fiction, the two would meet and make love." A Very Good copy of the uncommon Uncorrected Proof for William Wharton's second book. Very good. Item #2905

Price: $20.00