Title: DAY OUT OF DAYS: STORIES - Rare Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
2nd Printing. Signed. 282 pages. Published in 2010. The author's third collection of short stories and other pieces. 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 Sam Shepard's "Day Out of Days". His brilliant new collection of prose narratives, all of them appearing in book form for the very first time. "Set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard's trademarks". While other major writers (Raymond Carver and Annie Proulx come to mind) have expanded the short story by often turning them into virtual novellas, Sam Shepard celebrates its epiphanic concision and poetic compression, turning a day out of many days. "The result is a stunning work of vision and clarity imbued with the vivid reverberations of myth" (Publisher's blurb). Sam Shepard is not just another short story writer. He is an American cultural icon who has written 45 plays, eleven of which have won Obie Awards, and at least five of which are now regarded as masterpieces of late-20th century theater: "Buried Child", "Curse of The Starving Class", "True West", "Fool For Love", and "A Lie of The Mind". He is a force in Hollywood as a brilliant actor (with singular good looks), screenwriter, and film director. Bruce Weber has devoted a whole book of photographs on him, "Sam", and he is one of America's genuine cultural exports, his plays translated into 36 languages and performed throughout the world. Shepard is also a virtual recluse who lives in Kentucky. An absolute "must-have" title for Sam Shepard collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Sam Shepard. It is signed vertically on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. Shepard's signature on this copy is his single most beautiful specimen-signature we have ever seen. Laid-in is a copy of the Signing Event Announcement. Shepard does not do book tours and drastically limits the number of copies he signs. He made exactly one appearance, in New York City, to launch the book. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/Second Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAM SHEPARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307265404. Bookseller Inventory # 20325
Synopsis: From one of our most admired writers: a collection of stories set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard?s trademarks.
A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs on the overhead sound system. A wandering actor returns to his hometown against his better instincts and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, scoring Benzedrine, and sleeping with whores in Tijuana. A Minnesota family travels south for a winter vacation but, caught up in the ordinary tyrannies of family life, remains oblivious to the beauty of the Yucatán Peninsula. A solitary horse rancher muses on Sitting Bull and Beckett amid the jumble of stuff in his big country kitchen?from rusted spurs and Lakota dream-catchers to yellowing pictures of hawks and galloping horses to ?snapshots of different sons in different shirts doing different things like fishing, riding mules and tractors; leaning up against their different mothers at radical angles.?
Made up of short narratives, lyrics, and dialogues, Day out of Days sets conversation against tale, song against memory, in a cubistic counterpoint that finally links each piece together. The result is a stunning work of vision and clarity imbued with the vivid reverberations of myth?Shepard at his flinty-eyed, unwavering best.
About the Author:
Sam Shepard is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than forty-five plays. As an actor, he has appeared in more than thirty films, and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Right Stuff. He was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collection Great Dream of Heaven. He lives in New York and Kentucky.
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