1st Printing. Signed. 224 pages. Published in 2008. Retrospective collection of short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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 Steven Millhauser's "Dangerous Laughter". Thirteen short stories by a contemporary Master of the form. All of them are characterized by a "phenomenal clarity and rapacious movement, which focuses on the misery wrought by mis-directed human desire and ambition" (Publishers Weekly). Millhauser's collection deals with his lifelong themes as a writer: Obsession, hubris, and the pre-destined collapse of the best-laid plans from the very weight of their designers' uncontrollable passions. "He has given us stories that explore these ideas with the mixture of dark suspense and good humor implied by the title. Everything one has come to want and expect in Millhauser's fiction is here: Spooky attics, fantastic inventions, artists driven mad, and ambitious enterprises that become over-attenuated and impossible to sustain" (The Washington Post). "It was said that no matter how closely you examined one of the Master's little pieces, you always discovered some further wonder" (Steven Millhauser). Millhauser must have been writing about himself because the same holds true of him. An absolute "must-have" title for Steven Millhauser collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Steven Millhauser. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary 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. A rare signed copy thus. Recipient of the Prix Medicis Etranger in 1972 for "Edwin Mullhouse". Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for "Martin Dressler: The Tale of An American Dreamer". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEVEN MILLHAUSER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307267563. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author hailed by The New Yorker as “a virtuoso of waking dreams” comes a dazzling new collection of darkly comic stories united by their obsession with obsession. In Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser transports us to unknown universes that uncannily resemble our own.
The collection is divided into three parts that fit seamlessly together as a whole. It opens with a bang, as “Cat ’n’ Mouse” reimagines the deadly ritual between cartoon rivals in a comedy of dynamite and anvils—a masterly prologue that sets the stage for the alluring, very grown-up twists that follow.
Part one, “Vanishing Acts,” features stories of risk and escape: a lonely woman disappears without a trace; a high school boy becomes entangled with his best friend’s troubled sister; and a group of teenagers play a treacherous game that pushes them deep into “the kingdom of forbidden things.”
Excess reigns in the vivid, haunting places of Part two’s “Impossible Architectures,” where domes enclose whole cities, and a king’s master miniaturist creates objects so tiny that soon his entire world is invisible.
Finally, “Heretical Histories” presents startling alternatives to the remembered past. “A Precursor of the Cinema” proposes a new, enigmatic form of illusion. And in the astonishing “The Wizard of West Orange” a famous inventor sets out to simulate the sense of touch—but success brings disturbing consequences.
Sensual, mysterious, Dangerous Laughter is a mesmerizing journey through brilliantly realized labyrinths of mortal pleasures that stretch the boundaries of the ordinary world to their limits—and occasionally beyond.
About the Author: Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Martin Dressler. His story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College.
Title: DANGEROUS LAUGHTER: THIRTEEN STORIES - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf
Book Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: POOR. Noticeably used, showing heavy wear to cover and pages. Might have notes, underlining and or highlighting. Accessories such as CD, codes, and dust jackets may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2511972227
Book Description Knopf, 2008. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9575252
Book Description Knopf, 2008. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP85891933
Book Description Knopf, 2008. Book Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP11981536
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2725227074
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2749331086
Book Description Knopf Incorporated, Alfred A. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0307267563I3N00
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0307267563I5N00
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0307267563I3N00
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0307267563I4N10