Title: BY NIGHTFALL - Rare Fine Set: Copies of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 240 pages. Published in 2010. Rare Michael Cunningham collectible set. A fine copy of the Advance Reader's Edition of "By Nightfall" with a fine copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing, both signed by Michael Cunningham. Both precede and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny print run for the exclusive use of the publisher and author (in the case of the ARC) and in a small and limited first print run (in the case of the First Hardcover Edition). They are now scarce. Presents Michael Cunningham's "By Nightfall". His sixth novel. "Mid-life crisis" is a familiar and fascinating subject. For New Yorkers, it is a fact of life. If New York City is anything in particular, it is a city which cannot seem to get over its protracted mid-life crisis (which is why Jonathan Lethem entitled his New York novel "Chronic City") and indeed seems perversely to thrive because of it. The city mirrors its residents who, after all, make New York what it is. In long-time New Yorkers Rebecca and Peter Harris, Michael Cunningham has given us two of his most memorable characters. Rebecca's younger brother, Ethan, the pivotal third character, is the resentful outsider/trouble-maker who personifies The Rest of America vis-a-vis NYC. Never heavy-handed, Cunningham turns the larger drama of New York mid-life crisis into a nuanced and finely calibrated series of revelations that reach a heart-stopping climactic set piece. Then it ends on a tentative note, an ending that suggests (but does not promise) a new beginning. "Cunningham is drawn to simple, potent plots, saving his energy for the hearts and minds, the groins and guts, of his characters. He makes you turn the pages. You aren't deadened by detail; you're eager to know what happens next. Cunningham writes so well, and with such an economy of language that he can pull up the poet's exact match" (Jeanette Winterson). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Cunningham collectors. This copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Cunningham. It comes with a fine copy of the Advance Reader's Edition, which is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by the author. They are both signed directly on the title page, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. "A Home At The End of The World" was selected as one of "The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950" by The Modern Library, the most prestigious list of its kind for the period 1950-1999. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The Pen/Faulkner Award in 1999 for "The Hours". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374299080. Bookseller Inventory # 18780
Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan?s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts?he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca?s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in thefamily as Mizzy, ?the mistake?), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career?the entire world he has so carefully constructed.
Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize?winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham?s masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.
?Cunningham encourages his reader to wrestle with things that interest him by sketching his plots delicately over classic lines. In this case, the arrival of the guest who will change everything is reworked into a discussion about art and decay by a writer who can write a page-turning novel that lingers eloquently in the mind? The Times
?This is a book about art, love, marriage and mortality? One of the intriguing and peculiar qualities of ?By Nightfall? is that it makes you live with a character who seems never quite at ease with his own identity? One of Cunningham's gifts is to be able to shift gears when he wants, out of banal everydayness into an intense rhapsodic meditation on the meaning and purpose of life.? Guardian
?Michael Cunningham is embarked on one of the more satisfying career trajectories of contemporary American novelists??By Nightfall? offers the reader an abundance of exquisite, enriching thumbnail sketches? Times Literary Supplement
?Constantly surprising ? a love letter to New York, a hymn to youth and a meditation on the way art and literature alter our perception of the world? Evening Standard
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