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    Cormac McCarthy. Blood Meridian. Or, the evening redness in the West. New York: Random House, [1985]. First edition, publisher's review copy with review slip and publicity letter laid in. Signed by the author to the half-title page and with an autographed letter signed by the author to the writer and reviewer, William Boozer. Octavo. 337, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's red paper over boards backed in red cloth, spine stamped in gilt and metallic red. Minor edgewear. White endpapers. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; text block edges foxed. Dust jacket unclipped ($17.95); very minor edgewear, a few spots of foxing on the verso. Publisher's review slip, Random House publicity letter, and a black and white marketing photograph by Mark Morrow (1981; matching the photograph on the rear panel of the dust jacket) laid in. Near fine or better.

    Though slow to recognition (McCarthy mentions in the included letter "Albert Erskine once told me that it took ten years to sell 3000 copies of The Sound and the Fury"), Blood Meridian has since been recognized as one of the greatest works of American literature. Therefore, many are surprised it has never hit the silver screen, though certainly not for a lack of trying. Screenplays were being developed as early as 1995 and the film rights changed hands several times in the 1990s and early 2000s, capturing the interest of Tommy Lee Jones, Ridley Scott, and most recently, James Franco. However, the dark and violent nature of much of the text and convoluted film rights issues have left interested parties still scrambling to create a marketable film version.

    The letter included in this lot is from the author to William Boozer, a writer, columnist, and collector. McCarthy thanks Boozer for "the copy of the newsletter" and mentions reading several of Boozer's articles (likely reviews) and thanking Boozer for them. McCarthy also mentions reading "Orin's piece," referencing Orin Borsten, a screenwriter, columnist, and reviewer; both McCarthy and Boozer feature in the Orin Borsten Collection held at Pepperdine University. Their other correspondence is of a similar nature, and touches on publications, reviews, and other professional interests.

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