Title: SUMMER CROSSING: A NOVEL - Rare Review Copy ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 143 pages. Published in 2006. The author's debut novel. Published posthumously with an illuminating Afterword by Allan U. Schwartz, Truman Capote's literary executor, it is now considered a modern classic. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Modern Library Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Review Copies were issued in a tiny number and given to selected reviewers only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Truman Capote's "Summer Crossing". His first novel, an inchoate yet startling achievement that anticipates his great, later work. "Shows the promise of a future Master. Capote told everyone he had destroyed his earliest effort (produced at age 19), but it turned up at Sotheby's, handwritten in four ruled school notebooks. With her Fifth Avenue Protestant parents off in Europe, 17-year-old Grady rebels by intensifying an affair with and quickly marrying a parking lot attendant from a dysfunctional Brooklyn Jewish family. She soon finds herself pregnant and wallows in regret. There are glimpses of Capote's signature style that emerged only four years later in 'Other Voices, Other Rooms', and a hint of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' " (Publishers Weekly). The bit about the parking lot attendant is vintage Tennessee Williams, reflecting the latter's considerable (and healthy) influence on the young Capote. An absolute "must-have" title for Truman Capote collectors. This is a Review Copy. Laid-in is the Review Material. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only Review Copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are the Modern Library Edition, which do not have the same collectible value. A rare copy thus. Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" is widely regarded as one of the greatest books of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TRUMAN CAPOTE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1400065224. Bookseller Inventory # 18405
Synopsis: Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.
Fans of Breakfast at Tiffany?s and Capote?s short stories will be thrilled to read Summer Crossing.
About the Author:
Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections ( A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas ( The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time ( Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker ( The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece ( In Cold Blood), several short memiors about his childhood in the South ( A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor, and One Christmas), two plays ( The Grass Harp and House of Flowers and two films ( Beat the devil and The Innocents).
Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.
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