Omensetter's Luck - William Gass 1966 - The New American Library, New York - First Edition ‘Only talent has such nerve… Gass's stagecraft is cunning.’ – The New York Times

A fine and thus scarce first edition of Gass’ powerful debut novel, set in the 1890s.

The story of Brackett Omensetter, who drives into Gilean – a fictional, backwater town in Ohio – with his pregnant wife and children hoping to settle down. But others in Gilean, including the local priest, Jethro Furber, soon become wary of Brackett’s natural magnetism and good fortune. When Omensetter’s landlord disappears inexorably into the woods, and he is maliciously accused of a mysterious death, his luck begins to change and he is forced to abandon Gilean, leaving the town to once more resume its gossip, and the daily entanglements of ulterior motives.
  Gass began writing Omensetter’s Luck around 1954. As he was working on the final chapter in 1958, the manuscript was stolen from his desk, forcing him to rewrite the book from the beginning.

William H. Gass (1924-2017) – essayist, novelist, literary critic – was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He was the recipient of the first PEN/Nabokov Award, the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay, three National Book Critics Circle Awards for Criticism, a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award for Fiction and the Medal of Merit for Fiction from the Academy and Institute of Arts and letters, and fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations.

References: Morton, ‘Of Mortality and Starvation’
The New York Times 1966. LeClair, ‘The Art of Fiction No. 65’ The Paris Review, web.

Octavo (book size 21.9x14.7cm), pp. [12] 304 [4]. In publisher’s three-quarter black cloth over blue cloth boards, spine lettered in metalliic green, green endpapers, top edge tinted green. Dust jacket priced ‘$5.95’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine copy in near fine dust jacket with a hint of wear to corners and spine ends, and along top edge of front flap.   Ref: 110884   Price: HK$ 3,300