Navy cloth binding rubbed at spine ends, corners; leaf edges smudged, else a very nice, tight & clean signed first edition. Dj rubbed at edges; spine ends, corners slightly chipped; backstrip lightly sunned & small label residue near base, jacket now protected in clear cover. ; Front free endpaper inscribed & signed by author.; 8vo; 190 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Penitent
Publisher: Hawthorn Books, Inc.
Publication Date: 1962
Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Hawthorn Books (New York), 1962. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hardback. Early July 1902, on a steamy afternoon in the Pontine Marshes of Italy, occurred a most brutal murder. In the kitchen of an old farmhouse, a young peasant butchered to death a 12yr old girl who was quietly looking after her baby sister. Yet this murder was not a sudden act of insane impulse by an unlettered farmhand. Alessandro Serenelli was an avid reader, and the debate of passion and rebellion that he conducted with himself inevitably recalls the inner colloquies of Raskolnikof in 'Crime and Punishment'. The monstrous, but inexorable logic - so powerfully re-created by the author - that led Serenelli to the act of killing is a thing of horror. But the book is far more than the tale of the making of a murder. For the girl that Serenelli murdered was Maria Goretti who, in 1950, became a canonized saint of the Catholic Church. Present at that ceremony of canonization, with 30yrs of imprisonment behind him, was Alessando Serenelli, a lay brother in a monastery.When, an hour after the murder, Serenelli had been faced with the incontrovertible evidence of his crime, he had said, "I confess to nothing. I stand mute." The last words of Maria Goretti on her deathbed were, "I forgive you, Alessandro." The transformation of Serenelli from an intractable and pitiless murderer into that man of peace and repentance who lived to witness the sanctification of his victim, is the real story of the book. It is a story that the author travelled to Italy to hear from the lips of the murderer. 190pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. V. sl. fading along edges o/w Vg. in v. sl. frayed Vg. dw. Bookseller Inventory # 16336
Book Description Hawthorn Books. Inc., New York, 1962. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 189 pages, clean text. Slight wear and fraying on dust jacket. Slight shelf wear to spine. Story of Alessandro Serenelli, who murdered Maria Goretti, who was later canonized. We are a Benedictine monastery seminary library. Thank you for your support. Size: 20.8 cm. Catholic. Bookseller Inventory # 024349
Book Description hawthorne, 1962. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Blue cloth with light blue title on spine no interior marks near fine; dust jacket protected in Mylar with some light rubbing else very good plus, not price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # thpent102013