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HOMER & LANGLEY - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by E.L. Doctorow

Doctorow, E. L.

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ISBN 10: 1400064945 / ISBN 13: 9781400064946
Published by New York City, NY: Random House, 2009
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1st Printing. Signed. 208 pages. Published in 2009. The author's eleventh novel. One of E. L. Doctorow's most original and finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Easton Press edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents E. L. Doctorow's "Homer & Langley". His fourth novel on New York City (the preceding novels in the Series are "Ragtime", "World's Fair", and "The Waterworks"), from what is perhaps its most unusual, moving, and intriguing perspective yet: The legendary Collyer Brothers, Homer and Langley, lifelong recluses in their Fifth Avenue mansion, where they accumulate anything and everything from the outside world that they have paradoxically chosen to shut out of their private lives. The accumulation amounts to a history of both New York City and the 20th century. "Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this mesmerizing narrative, a free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York's fabled Collyer Brothers, is a family story with the resonance of myth, an astonishing masterwork unlike any that have come before from this great writer" (Publisher's blurb). "History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. So to be irreverent to myth, to play with it, let in some light and air, to try to combust it back into history, is to risk being seen as someone who distorts truth" (E. L. Doctorow). E. L. Doctorow died on July 21, 2015 at the age of 84, an irreplaceable loss. An absolute "must-have" title for E. L. Doctorow collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen-marker on the title page by E. L. Doctorow. It is signed directly on the page itself, not a tipped-in page or bookplate. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of 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. Please note: Late in life, E. L. Doctorow seldom did public signings, and when he did, limited the number of books he was willing to sign. As a result, his Limited Editions, while highly collectible, are often more widely available than copies of the First Hardcover Editions, which are signed directly on the title page rather than on a tipped-in leaf. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the very first National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for "Ragtime". Winner of the National Book Award in 1986 for "World's Fair". Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Winner of the PEN/Faulkner, and a second National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for "The March". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER E. L. DOCTOROW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1400064945. Bookseller Inventory # 18673

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Title: HOMER & LANGLEY - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World?s Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work.

Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers?the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, scavenging the city streets for things they think they can use, hoarding the daily newspapers as research for Langley?s proposed dateless newspaper whose reportage will be as prophecy. Yet the epic events of the century play out in the lives of the two brothers?wars, political movements, technological advances?and even though they want nothing more than to shut out the world, history seems to pass through their cluttered house in the persons of immigrants, prostitutes, society women, government agents, gangsters, jazz musicians . . . and their housebound lives are fraught with odyssean peril as they struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves.

Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this mesmerizing narrative, a free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York?s fabled Collyer brothers, is a family story with the resonance of myth, an astonishing masterwork unlike any that have come before from this great writer.

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?Cunningly panoramic?Doctorow has packed this tale with episodes of existential wonder that cpature the brothers in all their fascinating wackiness.? ?Elle
?Doctorow paints on a sweeping historical canvas, imagining the Collyer brothers as witness to the aspirations and transgressions of 20th century America; yet this book?s most powerfully moving moments are the quiet ones, when the brothers relish a breath of cool morning air, and each other?s tragically exclusive company.? ? O Magazine
?Doctorow works his usual magic in bringing history to life and larding it with disturbing implications?As with much of Doctorow?s masterful fiction, "Homer & Langley" turns the American dream on its ear, offering us a glimpse of the dark side of our national?and personal?eccentricities.? ? BookPage
?Following the panoramic scope of "The March," Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythi

Cunningly panoramic Doctorow has packed this tale with episodes of existential wonder that cpature the brothers in all their fascinating wackiness. Elle
Doctorow paints on a sweeping historical canvas, imagining the Collyer brothers as witness to the aspirations and transgressions of 20th century America; yet this book s most powerfully moving moments are the quiet ones, when the brothers relish a breath of cool morning air, and each other s tragically exclusive company. O Magazine
Doctorow works his usual magic in bringing history to life and larding it with disturbing implications As with much of Doctorow s masterful fiction, Homer & Langley turns the American dream on its ear, offering us a glimpse of the dark side of our national and personal eccentricities. BookPage
Following the panoramic scope of The March, Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythic tale of compulsion, alienation, and dark metamorphosis inspired by the famously eccentric Collyer brothers of New York City Doctorow has Homer, who is blind, narrate with deadpan humor and spellbinding precision Over the decades, people come and go lovers, a gangster, a jazz musician, a flock of hippies, but finally Homer and Langley are irrevocably alone, prisoners in their fortress of rubbish, trapped in their warped form of brotherly love. Wizardly Doctorow presents an ingenious, haunting odyssey that unfolds within a labyrinth built out of the detritus of war and excess.
- Booklist starred review -
A sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brothers . Occasionally, outsiders wander through the house, exposing it as a living museum of artifacts, Americana, obscurity and simmering madness. Doctorow s achievement is in not undermining the dignity of two brothers who share a lush landscape built on imagination and incapacities. It s a feat of distillation, vision and sympathy.
- Publishers Weekly starred review -

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"Cunningly panoramic...Doctorow has packed this tale with episodes of existential wonder that cpature the brothers in all their fascinating wackiness." --Elle
"Doctorow paints on a sweeping historical canvas, imagining the Collyer brothers as witness to the aspirations and transgressions of 20th century America; yet this book's most powerfully moving moments are the quiet ones, when the brothers relish a breath of cool morning air, and each other's tragically exclusive company." -- O Magazine
"Doctorow works his usual magic in bringing history to life and larding it with disturbing implications...As with much of Doctorow's masterful fiction, Homer & Langley turns the American dream on its ear, offering us a glimpse of the dark side of our national-and personal-eccentricities." -- BookPage
"Following the panoramic scope of The March, Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythic tale of compulsion, alienation, and dark metamorphosis inspired by the famously eccentric Collyer brothers of New York City... Doctorow has Homer, who is blind, narrate with deadpan humor and spellbinding precision...Over the decades, people come and go-lovers, a gangster, a jazz musician, a flock of hippies, but finally Homer and Langley are irrevocably alone, prisoners in their fortress of rubbish, trapped in their warped form of brotherly love. Wizardly Doctorow presents an ingenious, haunting odyssey that unfolds within a labyrinth built out of the detritus of war and excess."
-Booklist starred review
"A sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brothers.... Occasionally, outsiders wander through the house, exposing it as a living museum of artifacts, Americana, obscurity and simmering madness. Doctorow's achievement is in not undermining the dignity of two brothers who share a lush landscape built on imagination and incapacities. It's a feat of distillation, vision and sympathy."
-Publishers Weekly starred review

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