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11 Sep 2012 at 1:43 pm #1883
The Suttree Casebook, You Would Not Believe What Watches: Suttree and Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville, will be published in mid-October. A greatly expanded and updated evolution of Volume Four of The Cormac McCarthy Journal, this new volume will be 260 pages long, in a larger, trade paperback format.
It will contain all of the articles from the Journal issue, but will be substantially augmented with articles by Lydia R. Cooper, Bob Gentry, Bryan Giemza, Peter Josyph and Wes Morgan, Daniel King, Jack Neely, Leslie Harper Worthington, and by yours truly. This volume has added important new pieces on Suttree‘s literary pedigree, including discussions of the novel’s indebtedness to Mark Twain and James Joyce, as well as to the haunting presence of Catholic theology and ritual. We’ve also included a lot more material on the Knoxville of McCarthy’s youth, and on what of that old Knoxville remains today. In this connection, we’ve also included a very special foreword, a childhood reminiscence and appreciation of Suttree by Knoxville environmentalist, attorney, educator and author Dennis McCarthy, who also happens to be Cormac McCarthy’s younger brother.
We’re now making a limited number of copies available for the pre-publication price of $18.00 for Society members and $23.50 for non-members (the retail price after the print run will be $25.00 for members and $30 for non-members). We plan to have the pre-publication offer available on our homepage and bookshop within a few more days.
Note: We are also going to run a limited number of hardcover copies of this book, primarily for University libraries and other institutional customers. However, at this time we will make a few of these copies available at a special prepublication price for interested Society members only. The hardcover edition will cost $36.00 more than the paperback (which, for our members, just covers the additional cost of the binding) for a total price of $54.00. If you are a Society member and want a hardcover edition of this book, please email me at info (at) cormacmccarthy.com and I will send you an electronic invoice so that you can reserve your copy. If you simply want the paperback edition, please wait for the official offer and payment form to appear on the homepage and bookstore before the end of this week.
This is an exciting project for all of us, as it is the very first stand-alone trade edition to be issued by the Society. If all goes well, we will be offering a Blood Meridian casebook next year at this time, and we are already thinking ahead to several other volumes – the Tennessee period (OK, OD and COG) would be next. Your support of this first volume will be crucial to the long-term success of this series, and of course, you’ll be receiving a splendid edition of essays as well.
18 Sep 2012 at 2:26 pm #200119 Sep 2012 at 8:59 am #2013
Gotcha covered, Richard.
Incidentally, hats off to our humble Webmeister for the cover design for the new book.
23 Sep 2012 at 9:20 am #202023 Sep 2012 at 10:07 am #2021
Looks good. I just submitted a recommended-for-purchase request to the New York Public Library.
KenQuote23 Sep 2012 at 2:27 pm #2022
Ken – how did you ask them to contact us – the hardcover won’t be available to non-members through the web site until after publication. You should give them info (at) cormacmccarthy dot com to send an enquiry if they want the hardcover, as most libraries do.
Thanks for thinking of us!
Incidentally, the preorder response for this book has been terrific. It’s major encouragement to go ahead with the Blood Meridian casebook, and then with a single volume edition of the first three issues of the Journal. The idea, of course, is to make the Society completely self-sustaining to function at a higher level.
23 Sep 2012 at 3:22 pm #2024
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by Rick Wallach.
I submitted directly through the NYPL website, specifically on the webpage NYPL – Recommend A Title. I’m certain I supplied the correct title, editor, and ISBN. I noted on the “additional specific information” box at the bottom that the book is to be released, that it is a new title (which the library does not yet have), and that it is a scholarly work. In hindsight, I should have noted also the CMS website and other information. Perhaps others here could also submit a request, with the additional information included.
KenQuote24 Sep 2012 at 7:11 pm #2025
Excellent response the casebook’s generated–wow! Rick, do you want each of us to do what Ken did, re: NYPL? I’ll be happy to send a request if you think we should at this stage.
BobbyKnoxvilleQuote26 Sep 2012 at 8:28 pm #2029
Absolutely. By all means contact your local libraries and suggest they buy one. Recommend the hardcover, if you would.
19 Oct 2012 at 11:33 pm #2245
Quick note to all: the Casebook has been sent to the printer as of today. Monday will absolutely be the last day you will be able to order the book at the pre-publication price. The price goes up steeply for everyone, though less for Society members. On Tuesday – $25 to members/$30 nonmembers for the paperback, $60 to members / $65 nonmembers for the hardcover.
So if you were thinking about ordering one and haven’t done so yet, go to our online bookshop and do it now.
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