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SLEEPLESS NIGHTS - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Inscribed by Elizabeth Hardwick - ONLY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED COPY ONLINE

Hardwick, Elizabeth

Published by New York City, NY: Random House, 1979
ISBN 10: 0394505271 / ISBN 13: 9780394505275
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Title: SLEEPLESS NIGHTS - Rare Fine Copy of The ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 151 pages. Published in 1979. The author's third novel. One of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. 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 Elizabeth Hardwick's "Sleepless Nights". A novella-length novel: Elusive, impressionistic, and complex, written in Hardwick's exquisite prose style. One of its stunning set pieces is a remembrance-account of an encounter with the great jazz singer/icon Billie Holiday. "Intelligent, lyrical, and partly autobiographical, 'Sleepless Nights' is a scrapbook of memories: The first pangs of sexual longing, Billie Holiday holding forth in a cheap hotel, and the swagger and heartbreak of New York City. Elegant, wise, tasty. A truly wonderful book" (Susan Sontag). Which continues to mesmerize and inspire, thirty-six years later: The much-in-demand, brilliant young American composer David Felsenfeld (who was a little boy when the book first came out in 1979) adapted it for his piece, "Sleepless Nights", first performed on June 25, 2015 by the singers Ariadne Greif and Kacey Cardin with the Nouveau Classical Project Ensemble. A masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Hardwick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "To Cathy, may her work and life be good. Love, Elizabeth". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This is a unique and moving inscription: The recipient is not just unmistakably known but is actually close to the author. Hardwick's handwriting is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Clean, flowing, and elegant, every single word legible, unlike the chicken scratch most authors now have with the demise of writing in long hand. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (crease of DJ flap), is still in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Random House indicated its First Editions with the statement and a number line that began with the Number 2. It did not adopt the Number 1 until recently (around 2004/2005), and even then, on a very inconsistent basis. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH HARDWICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394505271. Bookseller Inventory # 19744

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Synopsis: In Sleepless Nights a woman looks back on her life?the parade of people, the shifting background of place?and assembles a scrapbook of memories, reflections, portraits, letters, wishes, and dreams. An inspired fusion of fact and invention, this beautifully realized, hard-bitten, lyrical book is not only Elizabeth Hardwick's finest fiction but one of the outstanding contributions to American literature of the last fifty years.

Product Description: The subject of this work is memory, the author's memory, vividly recording the events, the places and the people of her lifetime. The mixture of fact and fiction reveals that the freedom to live untied to others is hard on men and hard on children and hardest of all on women.

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