Franklin Center: The Franklin Library, 1980.
First Edition. Leather_bound. 9 1/4" X 6 1.2". 661pp. Bound in full red leather over boards, with decorations stamped in gilt to boards and spine. Raised bands to spine. Leather of spine is beginning to become detached from spine of text block. Moderate rubbing and edgewear to covers, corners, and edges of boards. Rubbing, dust-spotting, and heavy foxing to all-gilt edges of text block. Discoloration to edges of silk moire endpapers. Blindstamp to title page. Foxing to endpapers, and occasional faint foxing to pages throughout, otherwise pages are free of marks and notation. Staining to silk ribbon placemaker. Binding is sound. An admittedly worn but still quite handsome limited first edition of this novel by Joyce Carol Oates.
This limited first edition of Bellefleur was privately printed exclusively for Members of The First Edition Society.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir. They own vast lands and profitable businesses, they employ their neighbors, and they influence the government. A prolific and eccentric group, they include several millionaires, a mass murderer, a spiritual seeker who climbs into the mountains looking for God, a wealthy noctambulist who dies of a chicken scratch.
Bellefleur traces the lives of several generations of this unusual family. At its center is Gideon Bellefleur and his imperious, somewhat psychic, very beautiful wife, Leah, their three children (one with frightening psychic abilities), and the servants and relatives, living and dead, who inhabit the mansion and its environs. Their story offers a profound look at the world's changeableness, time and eternity, space and soul, pride and physicality versus love. Bellefleur is an allegory of caritas versus cupiditas, love and selflessness versus pride and selfishness. It is a novel of change, baffling complexity, mystery.
Written with a voluptuousness and startling immediacy that transcends Joyce Carol Oates's early works, Bellefleur is widely regarded as a masterwork—a feat of literary genius.(Publisher). Good. Item #11200