At Auction: Cormac McCarthy-John Fergus Ryan Correspondences

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  • 02 Oct 2014 at 3:59 pm #5966

    Ken
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    At auction October 8, 2014: Candid Cormac McCarthy Correspondence May Bring $50,000+ at Heritage Auctions:

    The correspondence archive between McCarthy and Ryan, a humorist, playwright, and author from Tennessee, spans the decade from 1976 to late-1985 or early-1986. McCarthy and Ryan write candidly to each other of their attempts at publication, their day-jobs, their wives, and movies, as well as books and authors ranging from Henry Miller, John Rechy, John Gardener, Robert Bloch, Nikki Giovanni, William S. Burroughs, and James Agee. The archive is part of the private collection of I.D. “Nash” Flores, III.

    The Heritage Auctions webpage has a detailed description of the collection and images of some of the letters.


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    11 Oct 2014 at 8:57 am #6009

    Ken
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    This archive sold for $56,250, which includes the buyer’s premium of 25%: hence the winning bid was $45,000, plus the buyer’s premium of $11,250.

    Who bought it; anyone here, or perhaps the Wittliff Collections folks?

    May I borrow it?
    Could that person make a copy and email it to me?
    Okay, okay, transcribe and publish it soon and I’ll buy a copy of the book!


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    11 Oct 2014 at 9:27 am #6010

    Rick Wallach
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    Someone around here does actually know, but I may not yet so divulge. Be of good cheer. It’s not going into some rich dentist’s vault.


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