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The Anthologist

Baker, Nicholson

ISBN 10: 1416572449 / ISBN 13: 9781416572442
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2009
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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243pp. Stated "First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition September 2009"; '1' present in number sequence on copyright page. Cream boards with cream cloth spine and red lettering; very slight rubbing to lower edges and extremities, approaching nonexistent; slight bump to front lower corner and dustwrapper at that point. Dustwrapper not price-clipped ($25.00), cream with black and metallic red lettering and an illustration of a purple plum at center of front cover; very faint to undetectable 1"x 1/2" circular stain at midpoint of right front cover fore-edge. Now in mylar which forgives sins mightily. Signed by author and inscribed to previous owner on title page, dated 11 20 09 Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003846

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Title: The Anthologist

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Previous Owner

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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The Anthologist is narrated by Paul Chowder -- a once-in-a-while-published kind of poet who is writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry. He's having a hard time getting started because his career is floundering, his girlfriend Roz has recently left him, and he is thinking about the great poets throughout history who have suffered far worse and deserve to feel sorry for themselves. He has also promised to reveal many wonderful secrets and tips and tricks about poetry, and it looks like the introduction will be a little longer than he'd thought.

What unfolds is a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story about poetry: from Tennyson, Swinburne, and Yeats to the moderns (Roethke, Bogan, Merwin) to the staff of The New Yorker, what Paul reveals is astonishing and makes one realize how incredibly important poetry is to our lives. At the same time, Paul barely manages to realize all of this himself, and the result is a tenderly romantic, hilarious, and inspired novel.

About the Author:

Nicholson Baker is the author of nine novels and four works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in Maine with his family.

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