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HOTEL DE DREAM: A NEW YORK NOVEL - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Edmund White

White, Edmund

Published by New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2007
ISBN 10: 0060852259 / ISBN 13: 9780060852252
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Title: HOTEL DE DREAM: A NEW YORK NOVEL - Scarce ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 228 pages. Published in 2007. The author's ninth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edmund White's "Hotel De Dream". His historical-cum-romance novel on Stephen Crane. Think Colm Toibin's "The Master" (on Henry James) rather than any of the deadly historical novels by American journalists and ex-politicians: White regards Crane as the equal of Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, and Thoreau. Unlike these "above-board" (if enigmatic) figures, Crane was an underground character by choice, who regularly visited prostitutes, including Mrs. Cory Crane, a madam who owned a bordello called Hotel de Dream. White brilliantly imagines the last days of the 19th-century literary giant whose masterpiece, "The Red Badge of Courage", is required reading in English literature courses throughout the world. "White portrays the tragic moments of Stephen Crane on his deathbed, wasting away from tuberculosis, dictating a final novel of White's invention called 'The Painted Boy' [it is about Stephen Crane's encounter with a beautiful boy-prostitute]. As the writer's last work explores a tale of lust, survival, and love, White simultaneously conjures the true-love affair between Stephen and the woman known as Mrs. Crane. Although they were never legally wed, they called each other husband and wife, and White creates a poignant portrait of their tender relationship. While she ushers him through his final days, the couple are visited by the likes of Joseph Conrad and Henry James. Ultimately, Crane's unfinished manuscript is handed over to James to be polished and completed. Brilliantly researched and aching with life, 'Hotel de Dream' is a testament to love in all its forms" (Publisher's blurb). "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 pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary 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. A scarce 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 0060852259. Bookseller Inventory # 16024

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