AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Jamaica Kincaid
1st Printing. Signed. 82 pages. Published in 1983. The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the greatest short story collections of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jamaica's Kincaid's "At The Bottom of The River". Her spectacular debut and masterpiece. A collection of deceptively simple short stories that evoke and recreate childhood in a way that is alive, febrile, and true. "My astonishment has not gone with the morning dew. I am not talking about some benediction of luck and grace that is being paid simply because of geography and history. I am talking about that soft succession of 'yeses' that we silently give to what Hemingway called 'the true sentence' " (Derek Walcott). "More thrilling than any prose I've read in the last few years by a writer from this continent" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Jamaica Kincaid collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jamaica Kincaid. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern classic. 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 are either remainder-marked, have serious flaws (price-clipped, wear, rubbing, soiling, staining, you name it), or are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMAICA KINCAID TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374106606. Bookseller Inventory # 18318
About this title:
Reading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean--family, manners, and landscape--as distilled and transformed by Kincaid's special style and vision.
Kincaid leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things--a house, a cup, a pen. Transfiguring our human form and our surroundings--shedding skin, darkening an afternoon, painting a perfect place--these stories tell us something we didn't know, in a way we hadn't expected.
About the Author:
Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother. She lives with her family in Vermont.
Title: AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER - Rare Fine Copy ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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