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Buchanan dying;: A play

JOHN UPDIKE

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ISBN 10: 0394490428 / ISBN 13: 9780394490427
Published by Knopf; [distributed by Random House] January 1974, 1974
Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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Near Fine with near fine dust Jacket, author first play. Bookseller Inventory # 20080609100973

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Title: Buchanan dying;: A play

Publisher: Knopf; [distributed by Random House] January 1974

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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5 x 8 New foreword by the author Praise for the original edition of Buchanan Dying "Buchanan Dying is an abundant, even opulent, creative act . . . very often Mr. Updike's fantastic talent for mimicry produces quite marvelous results." -Arthur Schlesinger Jr., The Atlantic Monthly "Using the excuse of 19th Century speech, Updike has indulged his love of beautiful, ornate prose; we can sink deep into sentences balanced like mobiles and turned like pots on the wheel." -Joyce B. Markle, The Chicago Tribune To the list of John Updike's well-intentioned protagonists-Rabbit Angstrom, George Caldwell, Piet Hanema, Henry Bech-add James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania, the harried fifteenth President of the United States (1857-1861). In a play meant to be read, Buchanan, on his death bed, relives his political and private lives. A wide-ranging afterword rounds out the dramatic portrait of one of America's lesser known and least appreciated leaders. For this edition Updike has written a new foreword, discussing the two productions of the play and the historical context in which it was written. John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania, and has lived in Massachusetts since 1957. He is the author of more than fifty books, and his novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and the Howells Medal.

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In a play meant to be read, James Buchanan, 15th President of the U.S., relives his political and private past. A new foreword and a wide-ranging afterword put the dramatic portrait in context.

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