Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. J. D. Salinger.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1963. First Edition. Hardcover. "The author writes: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker- RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR- An Introduction in 1959. Whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass, who is the main character in my still-uncompleted series about the Glass family. It struck me that they had better be collected together, if not deliberately paired off, in something of a hurry, if I mean to avoid unduly or undesirably close contact with new material in the series. There is only my word for it, granted, but I have several new Glass stories coming along- waxing, dilating- each in its own way, but I suspect the less said about them, in mixed company, the better. Oddly, the joys and satisfactions of working on the Glass family peculiarly increase and deepen for me with the years. I can't say why, though. Not, at least, outside the casino proper of my fiction." (front & back flaps) The fourth & final book-length work published by J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), the canonical American author who catapulted to fame with his first book, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), among the most-read & acclaimed in all of world literature. Famously reclusive, Salinger spent much of the last half-century of his life attempting to escape his fame & stubbornly disengaged from larger society. Even over a decade after his death as of this writing, we are still waiting for the further stories he teasingly claimed to be writing in the flap copy quoted above (interestingly eccentric in itself for having been written by, rather than about, the author). Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, third state to the best of our determination based on various Talmudic points including: Attached dedication leaf opposite copyright page (first state without this leaf, second with it tipped-in); the name "Seymour" spelled incorrectly in one of four appearances on page 173 (lines 12-13, spelled "Sey-More," corrected to "Sey-Mour" beginning, we believe, with fourth state). The last of the ultimately collectible Salinger classics, in (again, to the best of our knowledge & studies) its third-rarest form. Book in near-fine condition with light rubbing to thin edges & corners of grey cloth front, back covers & spine; very slight dulling to generally bright & intact gilt lettering on spine; moderate bending of spine-binding toward front; mild rubbing, browning, scratching & occasional spotting to side & lower edges of text block; more pronounced but moderate at upper edge of same. Interior near fine with moderate browning, spotting & small rectangular areas of residue (or rust?) to blank paste-downs & endpapers; one mild, faint vertical crease across length of front endpaper decreasingly echoing along next three leaves (through copyright page); a touch of browning to blank margins of page leaves; occasional light, small spot-stains at lower corners of a few of same. Unrestored dust jacket near-fine with very light rubbing, faint scratching & sparse spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; moderate fading of light-brown background color toward flesh-color at spine; several very small, non-penetrating dimples at blank area of same. Near Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4496]

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