Title: OLD SCHOOL: THE UNCORRECTED PROOF - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 195 pages. Published in 2003. The author's landmark debut novel. Uncorrected Proof. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Tobias Wolff's "Old School". His first novel. Wolff had in fact published a full-length novel in the United Kingdom called "Ugly Rumours", which he considers an artistic failure. He disowned it, never allowed it to be reissued, and will not sign copies of it. The enormous acclaim that greeted his novella, "The Barracks Thief", is a vindication-of-sorts for him and helps explain his obstinate refusal to acknowledge the early novel's existence. "Determined to fit in at his New England prep school, the narrator has learned to mimic the bearing and manners of his adoptive tribe while concealing as much as possible about himself. His final year, however, unravels everything he has achieved and steers his destiny in directions no one could have predicted. The school's mystique is rooted in Literature and for many boys this becomes an obsession. Robert Frost, soon to appear at JFK's inauguration, is far less controversial than the next visitor, Ayn Rand. But the final guest is one whose blessing a young writer would do almost anything to gain. No one writes more astutely than Wolff about the process by which character is formed and here he illuminates the irresistible power, even the violence, of the self-creative urge. Resonant in ways at once contemporary and timeless, 'Old School' is a masterful achievement by one of the finest writers of our time" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Tobias Wolff collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Tobias Wolff. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Uncorrected Proof available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1985 for "The Barracks Thief". One of the most influential and important American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOBIAS WOLFF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). Bookseller Inventory # 10787
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