Title: FANNY: A FICTION - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 369 pages. Published in 2003. The author's eighth novel. 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 Edmund White's "Fanny". Dedicated to Joyce Carol Oates, and marks the third phase in Edmund White's brilliant career: His permanent return to the United States (after twenty years of self-imposed exile in France) and his entry into American academe, as the Director of Literary Studies at Princeton University. It is curious that almost all blurbs and reviews of "Fanny" call it a "departure" for Edmund White in the sense that it is a historical novel, a "romance" in the manner of Nathaniel Hawthorne, whereas he is celebrated for his fictional accounts of contemporary gay life in America. The fact remains that two of his greatest works are historical novels: "Forgetting Elena" (1973) and "Caracole" (1985), which Vladimir Nabokov, Harold Bloom, and Cynthia Ozick regard as masterpieces, and not counting the explosively erotic historical fantasy, "Nocturnes For the King of Naples" (1978). "Fanny" would therefore be, at the very least, the third historical novel from his masterly hands. "Transports us to a past that ironically illuminates the present" (Ann Beattie). An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. 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 scarce copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0060004843. Bookseller Inventory # 12119
In her fifties, Mrs. Frances Trollope became famous overnight for her book attacking the United States. Twenty-five years later, she sharpens her pen for her most controversial work yet -- the biography of her old friend, the radical and feminist Fanny Wright. She recalls the 1820s when the young Fanny erupted into the Trollopes' sleepy English cottage like a volcano, her red hair flying, her talk aflame with utopian ideals. Before long, Wright has convinced Frances to follow her to America, a journey of extreme penury, frontier hardships, and the most satisfying sensual romance of Frances Trollope's life.
The biography soon degenerates into a settling of scores and digressions on the misadventures of Mrs. Trollope's own family. By turns noble and petty, comic and tragic, it introduces us to literary lions, battling political theorists, gamblers and escaped slaves, and even the aging General Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. With hallucinatory realism, Mrs. Trollope paints French châteaux, Belgian fogs, Mississippi mud, and the gaudy splendors and cruelties of Haiti. And throughout this sparkling narrative, we find love in all its forms -- in the family, between races and generations, and within the same sex.
Fanny: A Fiction is a wonderful new departure for Edmund White -- a quirky, dazzling story of two extraordinary nineteenth-century women, and a vibrant, questioning exploration of the nature of idealism, the clay feet of heroes, and the illusory power of the American dream.
About the Author: Edmund White's novels include A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man. He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Proust, and The Fl#194;neur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris. Having lived in Paris for many years, he now resides in New York City and teaches at Princeton University.
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