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    Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, Each Volume Inscribed to His Old Friend, Bill Kidwell

    Cormac McCarthy. The Border Trilogy, including: All the Pretty Horses; The Crossing; Cities of the Plain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992, 1994, 1998. First trade editions. Each volume inscribed and signed by the author to his good friend, Bill Kidwell. Three octavo volumes. Publisher's black cloth over black paper boards with front covers and spines stamped in gilt. Original pictorial dust jackets. Some soiling to cloth of All the Pretty Horses. Near fine. Cities of the Plain in fine condition. Noticeable damp-staining to The Crossing. Good condition. No trilogy on the market compares to this one, simply for the friendly nature of the inscriptions from McCarthy to Kidwell.

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    Bill Kidwell met Cormac McCarthy in 1963 in Knoxville while on vacation from Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank. They next met in Atlanta in 1964 at a mutual friend's residence. In 1969, the two men lived next door to each other in Rockford, TN, and in 1970 they lived near each other in Louisville. Between 1969 and 1973, Kidwell and McCarthy were in touch frequently, and in 1972 they collaborated on two mosaic sidewalks in downtown Maryville, TN, which Kidwell designed and McCarthy engineered. The two men did all the labor for the HUD project. Kidwell moved to Williamson County near Nashville to a community named Fernvale in 1973 and began building custom homes from recycled materials, mostly timber framed buildings. MCarthy called one day in 1978 and asked to come stay with Kidwell. Kidwell gave McCarthy a job and an old Dodge pickup to drive. At this time, McCarthy built some additions and one beautiful chimney of limestone and white mortar for a client, work which Mr. Kidwell found impeccable. Also at this time, McCarthy worked with men who would go on to inspire the characters in his work, The Stonemason. They all worked together on a large addition to house a duck decoy collection for a client in Nashville. McCarthy designed the room as well as supervised its construction. McCarthy left Nashville in 1979 for Tucson, Arizona and then to El Paso, Texas, where he lived on Coffin Avenue, an appropriate street name for the writing of Blood Meridian.

    In a personal letter to Heritage explaining his friendship with McCarthy, Kidwell wrote: "One of the things he [McCarthy] told me years ago was that when he was in New Orleans writing The Orchard Keeper, he used a wooden crate for a desk and on the crate was the inscription, "World Renowned." He made up his mind that that description would apply to him one day. And it did. I owe him so much. He introduced me to books I would never have read and enlightened me in so many ways during our times together. He was and still is the most intelligent person I've ever met."





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