HOTEL DE DREAM: A NEW YORK NOVEL - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Edmund White
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1st Printing. Signed. 228 pages. Published in 2007. The author's ninth 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 "Hotel De Dream". His historical-cum-romance novel on Stephen Crane. Think Colm Toibin's "The Master" (on Henry James) rather than any of the deadly historical novels by American journalists and ex-politicians: White regards Crane as the equal of Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, and Thoreau. Unlike these "above-board" (if enigmatic) figures, Crane was an underground character by choice, who regularly visited prostitutes, including Mrs. Cory Crane, a madam who owned a bordello called Hotel de Dream. White brilliantly imagines the last days of the 19th-century literary giant whose masterpiece, "The Red Badge of Courage", is required reading in English literature courses throughout the world. "White portrays the tragic moments of Stephen Crane on his deathbed, wasting away from tuberculosis, dictating a final novel of White's invention called 'The Painted Boy' [it is about Stephen Crane's encounter with a beautiful boy-prostitute]. As the writer's last work explores a tale of lust, survival, and love, White simultaneously conjures the true-love affair between Stephen and the woman known as Mrs. Crane. Although they were never legally wed, they called each other husband and wife, and White creates a poignant portrait of their tender relationship. While she ushers him through his final days, the couple are visited by the likes of Joseph Conrad and Henry James. Ultimately, Crane's unfinished manuscript is handed over to James to be polished and completed. Brilliantly researched and aching with life, 'Hotel de Dream' is a testament to love in all its forms" (Publisher's blurb). "One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language" (Dave Eggers). 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 or bookplate. 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 signed 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 0060852259. Bookseller Inventory # 16024
About this title:
In a damp, old sussex castle, American literary phenomenon Stephen Crane lies on his deathbed, wasting away from tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. The world-famous author of The Red Badge of Courage has retreated to England with his wife, Cora, in part to avoid gossip about her ignominious past as the proprietress of a Florida bordello, the Hotel de Dream.
Though Crane's days are numbered, he and Cora live riotously, running up bills they'll never be able to pay, receiving visitors like Henry James and Joseph Conrad, and even planning a mad dash to Germany's Black Forest, where Cora hopes a leading TB specialist will provide a miracle cure.
Then, in the midst of the confusion and gathering tragedy of their lives, Crane begins dictating a strange novel. The Painted Boy draws from Crane's erstwhile journalist days in New York in the 1890s, a poignant story about a boy prostitute and the married man who ruins his own life to win the boy's love. Crane originally planned the book as a companion piece to Maggie, Girl of the Streets, but abandoned it when literary friends convinced him that such scandalous subject matter would destroy his career. Now, with his last breath, Crane devotes himself to refashioning this powerful novel, into which he pours his fascination with the underworld, his sympathy for the poor, his experiences as a reporter among New York's lowlife?and his complex feelings for his own devoted wife.
Seamlessly flowing between the vibrant, seedy atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Manhattan and the quiet Sussex countryside, Hotel de Dream tenderly presents the double love stories of Cora and Crane, and the painted boy and his banker lover. The brilliant novel-within-a-novel combines the youthful simplicity of Crane's own prose with White's elegant sense of form, offering an unforgettable portrait of passion in all its guises.
About the Author:
Edmund White is the author of the novels Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man; a biography of Jean Genet; a study of Marcel Proust; and, most recently, a memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he has now settled in New York, and he teaches at Princeton University.
Title: HOTEL DE DREAM: A NEW YORK NOVEL - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2007
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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