The Member of the Wedding (1946)


First Edition of The Member of the Wedding, 1946,
in the Scarce Original Dust Jacket

McCullers, Carson. The Member of the Wedding. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1946.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of Carson McCullers' classic novel about obsessive adolescence, in the scarce original dust jacket. "With its portrait of pre-teen awkwardness and self-delusion, The Member Of The Wedding has attracted youthful fans. But if the book is a female Catcher in the Rye for the American South, it's a very downtempo, febrile one. Much of the activity is interior--either inside Frankie's head, or in the kitchen... When something that might be construed as "action" does finally occur, it's shockingly dark: an incident involving a soldier who mistakenly believes Frankie to be much older than she is. This is a book perfectly suited to readers who wrote off The Bell Jar as lightweight, plot-driven entertainment" (Guardian). Small bookseller ticket. Book with first few pages roughly opened at bottom, else fine. Beautiful dust jacket better than near-fine, with a few stray marks to rear panel, only slightest rubbing to edges, and minor toning to spine. A lovely copy.