"The book roared through my family like a nuclear device." (Pat Conroy)
THE GREAT SANTINI
By Pat Conroy
Signed first printing of Conroy's semi-autobiographical first novel, in which a family is dominated by the brutal paternal authority of a Marine fighter pilot.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
THE GREAT SANTINI
"Ben tried not to cry. That was all he wanted to derive from the experience, the knowledge that he had not cried."
Conroy's third book, drawing on the author's own childhood experience as the son of a Marine. Conroy frankly accounted for the factual inspiration for much of his work, saying in one interview that "my father's violence is the central fact of my art and my life." THE GREAT SANTINI was the author's most successful and renowned work until the following decade's THE PRINCE OF TIDES; it was was the basis for a film adaptation starring Robert Duvall, as well as (reportedly) evidence presented to a judge by Conroy's mother in her divorce proceedings against his father.
Read more: Schudel, "Pat Conroy, best-selling author of 'Great Santini' and 'Prince of Tides,' dies at 70" (Washington Post).
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976. 8.25'' x 5.75''. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in black. In original unclipped ($10.00) dust jacket by Wendell Minor. Grey topstain, black endpapers. , 536 pages. Signed by Conroy on title page. Faint spots of staining to jacket spine and front flap.
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