Title: ANGELS - Rare Review Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 209 pages. Published in 1983. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. Review Copy. Review Materials laid-in. 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 rare. Presents Denis Johnson's "Angels". His first novel. Johnson had published three poetry collections ("The Incognito Lounge", "Inner Weather", and "The Man Among The Seals") before turning to the novel form. It does not take a lot of effort to realize that all of his novels are metaphors for the darker (and no less authentic) side of the American Dream, beautifully realized in this auspicious "road journey" of a novel, and in his two greatest works, "Jesus' Son" and "Tree of Smoke". "Suggests a brilliant mixture of William Blake and James M. Cain. Established Denis Johnson as a major talent in American fiction. Jamie Mays and Bill Houston meet on a Greyhound bus. She is fleeing an unfaithful husband and lugging two travel-stained children. He is on the rebound from stints in jail and the navy and looking for high old times. Together, they make an aimless tour of bus stations and cheap hotels from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, their momentum fueled by booze, rage, and corrosive need, their journey a trajectory that leads inexorably to a moment of shattering violence" (Publisher's blurb). "A small masterpiece. Prose of amazing power and stylishness" (Philip Roth). An absolute "must-have" title for Denis Johnson collectors. This is a Review Copy. The Review Materials are laid-in. It is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Denis Johnson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Johnson's signature is vintage, not recent. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have major flaws or are remainder-marked. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 2007 and Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "Tree of Smoke". Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son" was selected by the panel of New York Times writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 most important works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENIS JOHNSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394532252. Bookseller Inventory # 19736
The most critically acclaimed, and first, of Denis Johnson's novels, Angels puts Jamie Mays -- a runaway wife toting along two kids -- and Bill Houston -- ex-Navy man, ex-husband, ex-con -- on a Greyhound Bus for a dark, wild ride cross country. Driven by restless souls, bad booze, and desperate needs, Jamie and Bill bounce from bus stations to cheap hotels as they ply the strange, fascinating, and dangerous fringe of American life. Their tickets may say Phoenix, but their inescapable destination is a last stop marked by stunning violence and mind-shattering surprise.
Denis Johnson, known for his portraits of America's dispossessed, sets off literary pyrotechnics on this highway odyssey, lighting the trek with wit and a personal metaphysics that defiantly takes on the world.
Product Description: "A dazzling and savage first novel". (New York Times). Angels tells the story of two born losers. Jamie has ditched her husband and is running away with her two baby girls. Bill is dreaming of making it big in a life of crime. They meet on a Greyhound bus and decide to team up. So begins a stunning, tragic odyssey through the dark underbelly of America - the bars, bus stations, mental wards and prisons that play host to Jamie and Bill as they find themselves trapped in a downward spiral though rape, alcohol, drugs and crime, to madness and death. It is from the author of Tree of Smoke, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
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