Title: FRIEND OF MY YOUTH - Rare Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 278 pages. Published in 1990. Landmark collection of short stories. Advance Reader's Edition/Limited Edition. The first appearance of the title in any published form. Precedes and should not be confused with both the Canadian and American regular trade editions. Published in a small and limited print run whose number is not specified. None of the copies was commercially sold to the public. Again, please note that the Advance Reader's Edition precedes the Canadian Edition, and is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Alfred A. Knopf: Regular-sized volume format. Cream softcovers with maroon titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Short stories by Alice Munro. Maroon cardboard slipcase, which is missing in most copies of the edition. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alice Munro's "Friend of My Youth". Her seventh collection of short stories. "Ten miraculously accomplished stories which not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience" (Publisher's blurb). Alice Munro is regarded by critics and loyal readers alike as the greatest living writer of the short story in English: "Our Chekhov" (Cynthia Ozick). "A stunningly precise writer who is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion, and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity, indeed redemption, since she shows how much of The Extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Alice Munro collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Alice Munro. Her publisher has issued several special editions such as this of her books because throughout her long career, Munro made very few public appearances, and is a reluctant signer at best. As such, most of her books are signed on a bookplate, which are much less desirable than copies signed on either the title page or tipped-in page. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Advance Reader's Edition/Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: The slipcase, which is integral to the edition, is intact whereas most copies are missing it, and the book itself is pristine. Its value will not only keep but increase over time. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALICE MUNRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394584422. Bookseller Inventory # 18362
Synopsis: In the powerful, haunting stories of Munro's new collection, men and women, in the midst of contemporary quandaries and crises, recall the long-buried yearnings, dreams, and hard choices that have given shape to their lives.
From the Inside Flap:
The ten miraculously accomplished stories in Alice Munro's Friend of My Youth not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience.
"[ Friend of My Youth is] a wonderful collection of stories, beautifully written and deeply felt."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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