Title: JACK LONDON, HEMINGWAY, AND THE CONSTITUTION...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 1993
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 207 pages. Published in 1993. The author's debut collection of essays. One of E. L. Doctorow's greatest achievements. 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 E. L. Doctorow's "Jack London, Hemingway, And The Constitution". His first collection of essays. "The moral and political concerns that drive Doctorow's novels inform these fourteen wholly engaging essays and reviews from The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and Harper's Magazine, among others. He presents masterful critical sketches of Jack London, 'our first writer-hero', who championed mutually exclusive ideas of Democratic Socialism and pseudo-scientific Racism, and Ernest Hemingway, whose unfinished novel, 'The Garden of Eden', arguably contains his most impressive heroine. Doctorow also illuminates Theodore Dreiser's moral vision, Thoreau's Walden, George Orwell's 1984, and poet James Wright. Elsewhere, Doctorow faults the disastrous policies of Bush and Reagan, analyzes the emotive appeal of popular songs, excoriates apolitical novelists, and plunges us into raw, cosmopolitan, riot-prone 19th-century New York City" (Publishers Weekly). All of that is true, and more: As an essayist, Doctorow writes with effortless brilliance. He proves that you cannot write essays just because you have done your homework any more than you can write novels just because you went to the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Doctorow could do both. His singular "essayist-voice" will ensure that the best pieces in this collection will endure: The well-known essay on the Constitution was singled out by Gore Vidal, the only other great writer-defender of the Constitution against the cruelties of American history, the vagaries of fate, and most perniciously, the selfishness, stupidity, and ignorance of demagogue-politicians (both Left and Right). The less-well-known, poetic narrative-essay on New York City will stand alongside his great New York novels. "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 black ink-pen on the title page by E. L. Doctorow. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. 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. Please note: Random House indicated its First Editions with the statement and a number line that began with the Number 2. It did not adopt the Number 1 until recently (around 2004/2005), and even then, on a very inconsistent basis. 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 rare 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 0679426868. Bookseller Inventory # 19839
Synopsis: In a collection of reflective essays, the author of Ragtime covers a wide variety of topics, from such writers as Dreiser and Hemingway, to nineteenth-century New York, to contemporary cultural ailments.
From the Publisher: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author has compiled his first collection of essays, a richly textured and detailed combination of literary criticism, political invective, and historical meditation.
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