The Inkling [Signed]
The Inkling [Signed]
The Inkling [Signed]

The Inkling [Signed]

New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1965. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good or better copy of the scarce first edition, first printing (moderate pushing to the spine ends, tiny rubs to the leading board corners, remainder mark to the closed page block's bottom edge), in a Very Good dust jacket (some toning and handling soil, scattered tears -- some short, some tiny), SIGNED BY FRED CHAPPELL on the title page; Fred Chappell's quite scarce second book, a novel set in a small and isolated house somewhere in North Carolina in which a group of five people live: a cat-killing boy who covets his uncle's wife, his retarded sister who loses all touch with reality, their mother, their crude and surly uncle, and an increasingly ill housemaid. In this house many interlocking conflicts arise and they grow to a point of high-pitched intensity and violence. Of Fred Chappell, critic Frank Levering, writing in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, stated: “Not since James Agee and Robert Penn Warren has a Southern writer displayed such masterful versatility. Together with only a handful of his American contemporaries, Chappell reminds us of the almost forgotten phrase ‘man of letters.’” Fred Chappell enrolled in Duke University and there found himself in a rich literary environment that included his fellow students James Appelwhite, Reynolds Price, and Anne Tyler. During his career, the Poet, Novelist, and Essayist Fred Chappell has won the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Bollingen Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, an award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and the best foreign book prize from the Academie Française. He was named North Carolina Poet Laureate in 1997. With respect to "The Inkling", Chappell stated that "wanted to tell a different kind of story, almost an allegorical story, about will and appetite". Chappell stated that the novel came to him "as a whole, almost as a vision. . . . Short and savage and serious, a book that took no prisoners". [The opening and closing of the novel have been described as "brilliant and surreal".] A nice copy of Fred Chappell's scarce second book, SIGNED BY FRED CHAPPELL. QUITE SCARCE INDEED. Very good + / very good. Item #931

Price: $125.00

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