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The stonemason : a play in five acts, Cormac McCarthy

Label
The stonemason : a play in five acts
Title
The stonemason
Title remainder
a play in five acts
Statement of responsibility
Cormac McCarthy
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Stonemason is a profoundly moving drama set in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970s, concerning several generations of a black family. McCarthy's narrator, Ben, reveals a painful episode in his family's history, grounding us at the same time in the beautiful dynamic between him and his grandfather, Papaw. Ben, Ben's father, and Papaw are all stonemasons, but in descriptions of "the trade" we learn as much about this family's capacity for love as we do about constructing sound foundations for houses, barns and bridges. Papaw's knowledge about stonemasonry is analogous to his deep spiritual wisdom, and Ben recognizes both as he looks back on his apprenticeship in the "trade at which I thought myself a master and of which I stood in darkest ignorance. And as I came to know him ... As I came to know him ... Oh I could hardly believe my good fortune. I swore then I'd cleave to that old man like a bride. I swore he'd take nothing to his grave.Papaw's son Big Ben and great-grandson Soldier do not respond as whole-heartedly to the old man's wealth of knowledge and patient guidance and the tragedy of the story is largely rooted in this fact. Both of these characters have lost connection with the work of their hands and by association with the earth, their family, and themselves. They are profoundly dissatisfied. Of his father, Ben later wonders, "Why could he not see the worth of that which he had laid aside and the poverty of all he hungered for? Why could he not see that he too was blest?"
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
812/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3563.C337
LC item number
S76 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The stonemason : a play in five acts, Cormac McCarthy
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
29256252
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
133 p.
Isbn
9780880013598
Lccn
93041252
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1994 (Access. No. 1994-176). Signed by author. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): 1st printing. Forms part of Woolmer Collection of Cormac McCarthy. Purchased from J. Howard Woolmer, 2006 (Access. No. 2006-115). Author's inscribed presentation copy for Howard [Woolmer]. With covered dust jacket. In a custom-made, blue cloth-covered clamshell box.
  • Library's copies 4-5 (SW Writers): Forms part of Woolmer Collection of Cormac McCarthy. Purchased from J. Howard Woolmer, 2006 (Access. No. 2006-115). Later printing with "first edition" dropped from copyright page. With covered dust jacket.
Label
The stonemason : a play in five acts, Cormac McCarthy
Publication
Control code
29256252
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
133 p.
Isbn
9780880013598
Lccn
93041252
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1994 (Access. No. 1994-176). Signed by author. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): 1st printing. Forms part of Woolmer Collection of Cormac McCarthy. Purchased from J. Howard Woolmer, 2006 (Access. No. 2006-115). Author's inscribed presentation copy for Howard [Woolmer]. With covered dust jacket. In a custom-made, blue cloth-covered clamshell box.
  • Library's copies 4-5 (SW Writers): Forms part of Woolmer Collection of Cormac McCarthy. Purchased from J. Howard Woolmer, 2006 (Access. No. 2006-115). Later printing with "first edition" dropped from copyright page. With covered dust jacket.

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