Notes: Two copies of this novel of love and life in Jacksonville, Florida.
The long inscriptions in these two books explain Crews' dedication of the book to the actor Sean Penn and his admiration of James Dickey, a quote from whom is the epigraph for the book. The inscriptions, both to Crews's friend, Tom Garner, of Texas, incorporate Penn and Dickey's printed name into the inscription.
The first inscription reads (in part): "[Sean Penn] a tough fucking guy you'd love. Our kind of people. If he can't do it, it can't be done..." The second reads in part, "[James Dickey]—the toughest and most honest man I've known. A night fighter pilot in two wars. At 70, still a quart-of-vodka-a-day man."
Easily two of the best and most revealing inscriptions I've seen in a Harry Crews book (and Tom Garner's collection had a lot of them).
Edition + Condition: First editions (first printings with a numberlines ending in 1). Both copies with publisher's review slips laid in; one with the publisher's press release. Both copies are near fine in near fine dust jackets.
Publication: New York: Poseidon Press, 1992.
Item No: #306966