Title: MARTIN DRESSLER: THE TALE OF AN AMERICAN ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1996
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 293 pages. Published in 1996. The author's breakthrough third novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Easton Press Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Steven Millhauser's "Martin Dressler". The story of the eponymous developer whose ill-fated dream is to build the largest hotel in the world, "Martin Dressler" will probably be regarded as the quintessential fictional account of the most defining and enduring American myth, the American Dream. Millhauser's body of work has fantastical elements that he deploys "with marvelous subtlety to reimagine and redefine the experience of apprehending reality. He focuses on the tricky juncture between cerebral flight and workaday experience" (San Francisco Chronicle). "The Roman god of dreams and the American impresario of spectacle are his soulmates, just as his literary models range from Edgar Allan Poe to Gabriel Garcia Marquez" (Newsday). Published to enormous critical and popular acclaim, the novel single-handedly revived interest in Steven Millhauser's quixotic, singular, and beautiful body of work, and brought his out-of-print novels and short story collections back into print. Surely the reclusive Millhauser found the life-changing success of "Martin Dressler" profoundly ironic: It is his very own American Dream, fulfilled beyond his wildest imagination as a writer. A masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Steven Millhauser collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Steven Millhauser. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing ("First Edition" and full number line ending in 1 on the Copyright Page) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many signed copies available online are the Easton Press Edition, which does not have the same collectible value, or are remainder-marked, and have other serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for "Martin Dressler: The Tale of An American Dreamer". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEVEN MILLHAUSER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 051770319X. Bookseller Inventory # 19701
Synopsis: Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion.
Review: Martin Dressler is a turn-of-the-century New York City entrepreneur who begins in his father's cigar store but dreams of a bigger empire. That dream shapes into a series of large hotels. At first, Dressler's seems the archetypal American success story, but he does not quite grasp the future. The Manhattan of fabled skyline is about to take shape just over the horizon, but Dressler cannot see it. So the story becomes another kind of fable, as Dressler contemplates having "dreamed the wrong dream."
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