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Brass Knuckles

Dybek, Stuart

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ISBN 10: 0822953072 / ISBN 13: 9780822953074
Published by Univ of Pittsburgh Press, 1979
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Trade paperback. First edition of author's first book. Published September 1979. (Rear cover mentions "Childhood & Other Neighborhoods" as "published", but the latter book, published in January 1980, mentions "Brass Knuckles" as "to be published this year".) Cover lightly rubbed, else fine. Playfully inscribed "For ------, retitled in your honor to Zink Pinkies, Stu" & SIGNED in full on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 40466

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Title: Brass Knuckles

Publisher: Univ of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The poems in this powerful first book have grown from the American urban experience of the last half of this century, a time of decay and diminishing possibilities; they vary from realistic vignettes of working-class Chicago neighborhoods to prose poems elegant and spare in their surrealism. At the middle of this book and at the thematic center of the collection is Dybek’s remarkable reworking of the myth of Persephone, in which the American goddess learns to prefer the underworld and has fallen in love with Death.

About the Author:

Brass Knuckles, STUART DYBEK’s first collection of poems, was first published in 1979. A second collection, Streets in Their Own Ink, appeared in 2004 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Dybek is the author of three books of fiction, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and most recently, a novel-in-stories, I Sailed With Magellan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, DoubleTake, Poetry, and other magazines. Dybek is Professor of English at Western Michigan University and a member of the permanent faculty for the Prague Summer Writers Seminars. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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