First printing of the tragedy of a Texan 'stud-for-hire' brought low by New York City's impersonal cruelty.
Near fine in like jacket.
"He looked hard, very hard at the face of the cowboy, longing to get his attention and disturbed more and more by an ever increasing sense of familiarity with what he saw, and lo and behold! There came a moment in which he knew the face of the cowboy to be none other than his own."
Indelibly associated with the 1969 John Schlessinger film it inspired and Fred Neil's iconic theme song, MIDNIGHT COWBOY is a portrait of a 1960s New York at once enticing, obscene, and heartless. The novel, like the film, remains shocking today not for its sexual content but for what that content illuminates: Joe Buck, a failed hustler dreaming of escape to a mythic sun-drenched Florida, is both traumatized and lonely and, as he finally comes to know, very frightened. Herlihy, a close friend and protege of Tennessee Williams, drew praise in his lifetime from figures ranging from William S. Burroughs to Eleanor Roosevelt. A beautiful copy.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1965. 8'' x 5.5''. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Original unclipped blue dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon. Yellow topstain. 253,  pages. Trace wear, faint shelfsoil to rear panel of jacket. Book with spine tips mildly worn.
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