Notes: This novel, set in Texas, focuses "on the churning psyche of a middle-aged man in crisis [and] turns into a sharp and garish parody of a sentimentalized small-town past over which it is easy, but dangerous, to pine."--Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The book came out shortly after Through Darkest America, which after a 30-year writing career, seemed to be Barrett's breakout book. But the Hereafter Gang was not well received and ultimately was published by a small genre press.
This grouping, assembled by Barrett's friend and fellow Manly Man Lunch Group member (see Jesse Sublett, Never the Same Again, p. 284), Tom Garner, includes a partial typescript, a small stack of rejection letters, a proof ,and the trade first edition (there was also a signed, limited edition).
The typescript (about 200 leaves) includes the original first 17 leaves, which were cut from the book; the new first chapter (3 leaves); and leaves 146 to 324, ending mid-sentence. The typescript is accompanied by a number of rejections letters and photocopies of Barrett's letters about the book to his agent.
Barrett (1929-2014), a fourth-generation Texan, is best known for his science fiction novels, but he wrote in a wide variety of genres under several pen names. He was a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards and was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, in 2010.
Edition + Condition: The materials are all very good or better and each is signed by Barrett. The group is housed in a custom clamshell box. An interesting look at the development of one of Barrett's late novels.
Publication: Shingletown, CA: Mark V. Ziesing Books, 1991.
Item No: #9181