Item #8019 Angel of Light. Joyce Carol Oates.
Angel of Light

Angel of Light

New York: E.P. Dutton, 1981. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s speckled bone cloth over ecru paper-covered boards, spine gilt, tangerine endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.

"What a person is in secret, he becomes—in politics." First edition of famously prolific American writer Joyce Carol Oates’s 1981 novel of the paranoid style in American politics as Greek tragedy. Named after radical abolitionist and "Angel of Light" (in Thoreau’s words) John Brown, the story centers on the children of the Halleck family, who create a pact to avenge their father’s death, a political assassination made to look like suicide. As the Hallecks are direct descendents of Brown, the story traces the source of their hamartia to his life, beliefs, motivations, and the events that lead to his raid on Harpers Ferry. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #8019


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