New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over mustard paper-covered boards, spine gilt, deckled fore-edge, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"I was grieving the way the earth seems to grieve for spring in the dead of winter, but I wasn't afraid, because nothing, I told myself, can take our halcyon days away." Author, playwright, and Truman Capote’s longtime companion Jack Dunphy’s novelistic memoir. Employing the fictitious "Father John Synge" as his first person narrator, Dunphy’s highly unconventional roman à clef details the pair’s oftentimes tumultuous relationship with interspersed accounts of the priest's struggles with his faith and repressed homosexuality as he tries to save Capote’s "fallen soul." Upon publication, both critics and readers were puzzled by Dunphy’s unorthodox literary device, although it is patently clear Dunphy’s clerical alter ego was both an homage to Capote’s unfinished and posthumously published novel Answered Prayers and a means of atoning for his inability to save the tragic figure's life. Illustrated with a few facsimiles of letters from Capote to Dunphy; with an index. Minor binder's glue residue to front endpaper; minor sticker residue to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #3350