1st Printing. Signed. 303 pages. Published in 2005. New and Expanded Edition of the author's breakthrough third novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Published as part of the legendary Modern Library Series as a hardcover original only. Includes a new Introduction by E. L. Doctorow, which puts his classic novel in historical context, that is to say, with the benefit of distance. Printed on acid-free paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents E. L. Doctorow's "The Book of Daniel". Named after one of the books in the Holy Bible, the thinly veiled re-imagination of the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage case is written by their grieving and inconsolable surviving son, who is trying as honestly as possible to understand one of the defining events in modern history, an event that defined what it means to be an American and a human being. "The central figure of this novel is a young man whose parents were executed for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for Russia. His name is Daniel Isaacson, and as the story opens, his parents have been dead for many years. In the silence of the library at Columbia University, where he is supposedly writing a dissertation, Daniel composes something quite different. It is a book of memories. It is a book of investigation. It is a book of judgments of everyone involved in the case. It is a book rich in characters, from elderly grandmothers of immigrant culture to covert radicals of the McCarthy Era to hippie marchers on the Pentagon. It is a book that spans the quarter-century of American life since World War II. It is a book about the nature of Left politics in this country. It is a book about some of the beautiful and terrible feelings of childhood. It is a book about the nature of guilt and innocence. It is a book about the relation of people to nations" (Publisher's blurb). It is the book that made Doctorow a great writer. "History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. So to be irreverent to myth, to play with it, let in some light and air, to try to combust it back into history, is to risk being seen as someone who distorts truth" (E. L. Doctorow). E. L. Doctorow died on July 21, 2015 at the age of 84, an irreplaceable loss. An absolute "must-have" edition for E. L. Doctorow collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by E. L. Doctorow. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with the Souvenir Material of the event during which the signing was held, one of the very last such public appearances Doctorow made. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Modern Library Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Late in life, E. L. Doctorow seldom did public signings, and when he did, limited the number of books he was willing to sign. As a result, his Limited Editions, while highly collectible, are often more widely available than copies of the First Hardcover Editions, which are signed directly on the title page rather than on a tipped-in leaf. Signed copies of the 1971 First Edition available online command up to $500. This is an accessible alternative, which is collectible in its own right. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the very first National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for "Ragtime". Winner of the National Book Award in 1986 for "World's Fair". Winner of the PEN/Faulkner and a second National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for "The March". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER E. L. DOCTOROW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679643370. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: The central figure of this novel is a young man whose parents were executed for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for Russia.
His name is Daniel Isaacson, and as the story opens, his parents have been dead for many years. He has had a long time to adjust to their deaths. He has not adjusted.
Out of the shambles of his childhood, he has constructed a new life?marriage to an adoring girl who gives him a son of his own, and a career in scholarship. It is a life that enrages him.
In the silence of the library at Columbia University, where he is supposedly writing a Ph.D. dissertation, Daniel composes something quite different.
It is a confession of his most intimate relationships?with his wife, his foster parents, and his kid sister Susan, whose own radicalism so reproaches him.
It is a book of memories: riding a bus with his parents to the ill-fated Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill; watching the FBI take his father away; appearing with Susan at rallies protesting their parents? innocence; visiting his mother and father in the Death House.
It is a book of investigation: transcribing Daniel?s interviews with people who knew his parents, or who knew about them; and logging his strange researches and discoveries in the library stacks.
It is a book of judgments of everyone involved in the case?lawyers, police, informers, friends, and the Isaacson family itself.
It is a book rich in characters, from elderly grand- mothers of immigrant culture, to covert radicals of the McCarthy era, to hippie marchers on the Pen-tagon. It is a book that spans the quarter-century of American life since World War II. It is a book about the nature of Left politics in this country?its sacrificial rites, its peculiar cruelties, its humility, its bitterness. It is a book about some of the beautiful and terrible feelings of childhood. It is about the nature of guilt and innocence, and about the relations of people to nations.
It is The Book of Daniel.
About the Author: E. L. DOCTOROW was born in 1931 in New York City and was educated at Kenyon College and Columbia University. His earlier novels are Welcome to Hard Times and Big as Life. Formerly editor-in-chief of a prominent New York publishing house, he was most recently writer-in-residence at the University of California at Irvine. He lives in Westchester County with his wife and three children.
Title: THE BOOK OF DANIEL - Rare Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: The Modern Library
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