Title: THE BURNING LIBRARY: ESSAYS - Rare Fine Copy...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 386 pages. Published in 1994. Retrospective collection of essays. One of Edmund White's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edmund White's "The Burning Library". His first and, in many ways, still his best essay-retrospective. Six of the pieces appear in this book for the very first time. "Along with his ground-breaking essays that redefine politics, language, identity, and friendship in the light of gay experience and desire, this magisterial collection of 25 years of White's nonfiction writings includes dazzling, subversive appreciations of cultural icons as diverse as Truman Capote and Cormac McCarthy, Robert Mapplethorpe and the singer formerly known as Prince" (Publisher's blurb). "Reviews the work of contemporary writers, American and European, gay and non-gay, such as James Merrill, Christina Stead, Darryl Pinckney, and Marguerite Yourcenar. Together with White's discussions of his own fiction, provides valuable insights into the reading and writing of literature" (Judy Mimken). "One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language" (Dave Eggers). An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online have major flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679434755. Bookseller Inventory # 19692
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