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Author Name:    WARREN, Robert Penn

Title:   Cave. First Printing in dustjacket

Publisher:    Random House, New York, 1959, 

Seller ID:   109217

WARREN, Robert Penn. The Cave. New York : Random House, (1959). First Printing. Pp (10),3-403,(5). 8vo, brown cloth, gilt and white lettering to blackpanel to spine, white initials to front b.oard, top edge dyed yellow. Grim shaw, Robert Penn Warren : A Desciptive Bibliography A19.a1. "In The Cave, his sixth novel, Robert Penn Warren returns to the contemporary scene for the first time since All the King's Men (Pulitzer Prize, 1946). Once again he demonstrates his rare ability to give readers of fiction a rich and exciting experience that is also significant and rewarding. The event around which this dramatic story is built takes place in Johntown, Tennessee, in the 1950's. A young man is believed to be trapped in a cave, and John-town becomes the center of national attention as television cameras, promoters and newscasters move in to exploit the attempt at rescue and thousands of spectators gather at the mouth of the cave, driven by the fascination of disasterand the desire "to break out of the dark mystery which was themselves." Th is event, which in itself builds up the tension and excitement of a suspense story, is not, however, the main business of the novel, but the catalyst which sets in motion important changes in the lives of the twelve principalcharacters. To set the stage for these changes, Mr. Warren moves backward in time to crucial happenings in the life of each individual in the cast-anastonishingly variegated group to come together in a small town in Tenness ee. With uncompromising frankness he reveals their tangled relationships, the complicated motives and actions that have brought them to where they areat the moment of time when Jasper Harrick is reported missing. At that poi nt they are all living with dilemmas which have remained unresolved becausethey have not been able or willing to face and understand them. The episod e of the cave forces each of them to at least a deeper self-awareness and brings some of them the courage to act to free themselves from their own personal entrapments." (from the dj). Brown stain to two pages, name, else v,ery good in edgeworn, unclpped dustjacket. 20.00


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