Archive of Manuscripts of His First Three Novels and Related Materials
[n.p.], [ca. 1972-1980]. The manuscript drafts and galleys for Craig Nova's first three novels -- Turkey Hash, which won the Harper Saxton Prize; The Geek, which William Gass compared favorably to John Hawkes, and Hawkes compared favorably to Celine; and Incandescence, a noir fiction that John Irving called "the funniest and saddest good novel in recent times," and "the best novel about someone 'on the lam' since Donleavy's The Ginger Man." Nova has more recently been praised for a series of highly literary thrillers, but his early novels were more extravagant, highly praised for their inventiveness, their humor, and their darkness. This collection of manuscripts includes multiple drafts of the manuscripts of each book -- including several drafts of Incandescence with its original title of Mungo -- as well as multiple sets of edited galley proofs. In addition, copies of all three books are included: the copy of The Geek is inscribed by the author to legendary book collector Carter Burden, in whose collection these manuscripts resided. A detailed list available on request; all items near fine or better. [#032709] $15,000

All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

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