Title: BREATHING LESSONS - Scarce Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 330 pages. Published in 1988. The author's eleventh novel. One of Anne Tyler's finest achievements. Advance Reader's Edition/Uncorrected Proof. Precedes and should not be confused with the gaudy Franklin Mint Edition, the First Hardcover Edition, and all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny print run for the exclusive use of the publisher and author as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Uncorrected Proof is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Alfred A Knopf: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Anne Tyler. Pale gray paper slipcase. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its Uncorrected Proof state, Anne Tyler's "Breathing Lessons". Masterpiece. "In perhaps her most accessible novel, Tyler spins a tale of marriage and middle-class lives in an age when social standards and life expectations have gone askew. While she remains a brilliant observer of human nature, there is a subtle change in Tyler's focus. Where before her protagonists were eccentric, sometimes slightly fantastical characters who came at the end to a sense of peace if not happiness, Maggie Moran and her husband Ira are average, unexceptional, even drab. Outside of small epiphanies, little is changed between them at the story's close. It's this very realism that makes the story so effective and moving. Taking place on one summer day, when Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Pennsylvania to a funeral, the novel reveals the basic incompatibility of their 28-year marriage and the love that binds them together nonetheless. With irresistibly funny passages you want to read out loud and poignant insights that illuminate the serious business of sharing lives in an unsettling world, this is Tyler's best novel yet" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Anne Tyler collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Anne Tyler. The author is known to be painfully shy and does not do public appearances or signings. Signed copies of her wonderful books, which will become part of the American literary canon, are scarce. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the Advance Reader's Edition/Uncorrected Proof still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Most copies of the Uncorrected Proof available online have serious flaws. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1988 for "Breathing Lessons". Regarded by John Updike as one of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNE TYLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). Bookseller Inventory # 8976
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