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Modern Baptists

Wilcox, James

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ISBN 10: 0385278683 / ISBN 13: 9780385278683
Published by The Dial Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1983
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Black cloth over tan boards, titles in gilt on spine. White jacket with titles in red, blue, and black, price $14.95 on inside front flap. Signed and inscribed by author on half-title page. Text has mild crimping to spine ends, faint spot on front panel, previous owner's bookplate pasted on inside front cover, PO's name neatly inked on FFEP. Half title page signed and inscribed by author: "To Edith, A never to be forgotten friend, in hopes of many more years of fun together. Warmest, Jim, June 16, 1984." Jacket has mild wear to spine ends, light soiling to front panel, crease to rear panel. Price is not clipped; no remainder or other markings. Author's first novel, an often hilarious story of life in Tula Springs, Louisiana. Size: 6 x9". Bookseller Inventory # 001888

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Title: Modern Baptists

Publisher: The Dial Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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Universally and repeatedly praised ever since it first appeared in 1983, Modern Baptists is the book that launched novelist James Wilcox’s career and debuted the endearingly daft community of Tula Springs, Louisiana. It’s the tale of Bobby Pickens, assistant manager of Sonny Boy Bargain Store, who gains a new lease on life, though he almost comes to regret it. Bobby’s handsome half brother F.X.—ex-con, ex-actor, and ex-husband three times over—moves in, and things go awry all over town. Mistaken identities; entangled romances with Burma, Toinette, and Donna Lee; assault and battery; charges of degeneracy; a nervous breakdown—it all comes to a head at a Christmas Eve party in a cabin on a poisoned swamp. This is sly, madcap romp that offers readers the gift of abundant laughter.

Modern Baptists was included in Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon, in GQ magazine’s forty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the best works of fiction in the past forty-five years, and among Toni Morrison’s "favorite works by unsung writers" in U.S. News and World Report.

AUTHOR BIO: James Wilcox is the author of eight novels, including North Gladiola, Miss Undine’s Living Room, Guest of a Sinner, and, most recently, Heavenly Days. He is Robert Penn Warren Professor and director of creative writing at Louisiana State University and lives in Baton Rouge.

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"Wilcox ... is a precocious master of old-fashioned farce, and this novel ... is a wonderfully funny explosion of comedy that is solidly based, as a good comic novel must be, on a serious understanding of life." -- The New Yorker.

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