Title: THE BEAUTY OF THE HUSBAND: A FICTIONAL ESSAY...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 147 pages. Published in 2001. The author's poetic account on subject. One of the most beautiful literary texts of our time. 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 Anne Carson's "The Beauty of The Husband". One of the most lyrical works on the relation between beauty and truth. Written as a book-length sequence, it is an essayistic and novelistic meditation/story inspired by John Keats' famous line that "beauty is truth/truth, beauty", as incarnated by a handsome husband/stud. One of Anne Carson's greatest creations, he is a hopelessly compulsive liar (he lies even when it is not convenient to do so) and is grossly unfaithful to his wife and lovers. "Her exquisite, intelligent, and highly original poems put her in the first rank of world poets. She explores her ambiguous feelings toward a difficult but intriguing marriage. Each poem begins with a short quote from John Keats, whose idea that 'beauty is truth' is the thread holding together a relationship with a man addicted to lying and philandering. A scoundrel, the husband is redeemed and forgiven almost everything because of his beauty. There is a daring quality to Carson's work, a startling vision and perspective that will not be judged by normal standards. By penetrating to the core of a relationship, Carson stands convention on its head and finds the light that pain brings" (Mark Frutkin). "Carson is a wisdom writer" (Harold Bloom). "The most exciting poet writing in English today" (Michael Ondaatje). "Rotate the husband and expose a hidden side/words are a strange docile wheat are they not, they bend/to the ground" (Anne Carson). An absolute "must-have" title for Anne Carson collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed (initialled, as is her custom), and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Respectfully, A C 2001". Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which her performance and signing were held. Anne Carson rarely makes public appearances/signings, making signed copies of her books quite scarce. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, inscribed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. If truth be told, we have not seen a more beautiful copy. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest poet/writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNE CARSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0375408045. Bookseller Inventory # 17901
Synopsis: The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats?s idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage. It is told in 29 tangos. A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end.
This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice?29 ?tangos? of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects?love?and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.
Review: Though Anne Carson's poetry is shot through with the myths and images of the classical world, that ancient light helps illuminate contemporary situations and concerns. A classics professor at McGill University in Montreal, Carson has arrived in a surprisingly short time as one of Canada's finest poets. More than that, her exquisite, intelligent, highly original poems put her in the first rank of world poets. In The Beauty of the Husband, subtitled A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos, she explores her ambiguous feelings toward a difficult but intriguing marriage. Each poem begins with a short quote from John Keats, whose idea that "beauty is truth" is the thread holding together a relationship with a man addicted to lying and philandering. A scoundrel ("He lied when it wasn't even convenient"), the husband is redeemed and forgiven almost everything because of beauty.
For Carson, the truth is "layered and elusive," hidden under the conversations of a thousand nights, nights when the lights were still on at dawn. There is a daring quality to Carson's work, a startling vision and perspective that will not be judged by normal standards. By penetrating to the core of a relationship, Carson stands convention on its head and finds "the light that pain brings." These poems bespeak the brilliance and shade of shape-shifting truth and conjure a freshness of language that shimmers. Somehow it seems fitting that the book itself, as an object to hold and behold, is also beautiful. --Mark Frutkin
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