Inspired By Those Living "out of the mainstream of American life"
TO THE BRIGHT AND SHINING SUN
By James Lee Burke
First edition of this Kentucky coming-of-age story, following Perry James as he struggles to break free of his poverty-stricken coal-mining community – James Lee Burke's second book.
About fine in very good plus dust jacket.
TO THE BRIGHT AND SHINING SUN
"Out of the swirl of antagonists that threaten to seal his future just as surely as a mine explosion, Perry emerges as an authentic hero of our time." – Dust Jacket
James Lee Burke traveled extensively through the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky to research TO THE BRIGHT AND SHINING SUN; in a 1970 interview with FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS, he observed that the residents were "out of the mainstream of American life; they live in the world of Daniel Boone" (106). Burke would go on to write the popular Dave Robicheaux series of mysteries.
Read more: Alan Henderson, "Daniel Boone World Still Lives," Fort Lauderdale News 6 September 1970.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1970). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original olive green cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Original unclipped ($5.95) color pictorial dust jacket, designed by Winston Potter. 242 pages. Jacket with light edgewear, a couple tiny closed tears; spine with some sunning. Binding spine ends a touch bumped. Bright.
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