Title: LOST FOR WORDS - Scarce Pristine Copy of The...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 265 pages. Published in 2014. The author's eighth novel. One of Edward St. Aubyn's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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 Edward St. Aubyn's "Lost For Words". His thinly veiled assault on the Booker Prize. He was shortlisted for "Mother's Milk" (2006), the most polished novel in his "Patrick Melrose" cycle, word-for-word perfection, but ultimately lost (to Kiran Desai's "The Inheritance of Loss"). A satirist by temperament and therefore an acquired taste for many, Edward St. Aubyn had what was probably his only chance at official recognition. So, he "returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award. A witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda" (Publisher's blurb). Well, in St. Aubyn's case, Booker or no Booker, genuine fame and glory have finally arrived, however belatedly. St. Aubyn also wrote the eulogy that Earl Spencer delivered at Princess Diana's funeral, attacking the British monarchy, and calling her the "People's Princess", the alliterative title that the world, not just the British public, promptly embraced. "Our purest living prose stylist" (The Guardian). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward St. Aubyn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Edward St. Aubyn. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD ST. AUBYN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374280290. Bookseller Inventory # 18958
Edward St. Aubyn is ?great at dissecting an entire social world? (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times)
Edward St. Aubyn?s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award.
The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm. Things go terribly wrong when Katherine?s publisher accidentally submits a cookery book in place of her novel; one of the judges finds himself in the middle of a scandal; and Bunjee, aghast to learn his book isn?t on the short list, seeks revenge.
Lost for Words is a witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda.
About the Author:
Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of a series of highly acclaimed novels about the Melrose family, including At Last and Mother?s Milk, which was short-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, as well as the novels A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge.
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