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IDEAS AND THE NOVEL - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

McCarthy, Mary

Published by New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980
ISBN 10: 0151436827 / ISBN 13: 9780151436828
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Title: IDEAS AND THE NOVEL - Scarce Fine Copy of ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 121 pages. Published in 1980. Book-length essay on subject. One of the most important books on the novel ever published. 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 rare. Presents Mary McCarthy's "Ideas and The Novel". Here are succinct, scrupulous, and brilliantly argued critiques of the role, evolution, and fate of ideas in the novel. McCarthy re-examines the works of her literary idols, the great 19th-century novelists (mainly, Balzac and Tolstoy) and juxtaposes them with the works of ascendant and near-canonical 20th-century American writers such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth. There is no contemporary critic actively writing, aware of the fact or not, who has not been influenced by the "Mary McCarthy critical essay", an acerbic, penetrating, and intelligent piece that sees through rubbish with a laser beam ("cast a cold eye", as one of her novels put it) yet remains hopeful about finding the elusive "Real Thing" (her fundamental, central criterion for great literature). An absolute "must-have" title for Mary McCarthy collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, the publisher, indicated its First Editions as "First Edition/BCDE" during the period 1973 to 1983. HBJ dropped "First Edition" and the appropriate letter or letters with subsequent printings. As such, almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare copy thus. One of the most important and influential American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARY MCCARTHY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0151436827. Bookseller Inventory # 19689

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