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While England sleeps

Leavitt, David

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ISBN 10: 0670833495 / ISBN 13: 9780670833498
Published by Viking, New York, 1993
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304p., signed inscribed by Leavitt on the title page, very good first edition in quarter-cloth boards and unclipped dj. The original version of the novel, on two gay Englishmen in the 1930s, one of whom joins the fight against Franco. The novel was withdrawn under threat of a lawsuit by Stephen Spender, who showed that Leavitt plagiarized his autobiography; Leavitt removed and changed passages then reissued. Bookseller Inventory # 23804

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Title: While England sleeps

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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As fascism rises in 1930s Europe, an aristocratic British writer and a working-class communist begin a homosexual love affair, facing problems of class difference, forbidden sex, and personal ambivalence as they are swept into Europe's burgeoning violence. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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David Leavitt's first collection of stories, Family Dancing, was published when he was just twenty-three and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Prize. The Lost Language of Cranes was made into a BBC film, and While England Sleeps was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. With Mark Mitchell, he coedited The Penguin Book of Short Stories, Pages Passed from Hand to Hand, and cowrote Italian Pleasures. Leavitt is a recipient of fellowships from both the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He divides his time between Italy and Florida.

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