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Letters

Barth, John

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ISBN 10: 039912425X / ISBN 13: 9780399124259
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons (1979), New York, 1979
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1st edition signed by the author on the half title page. 772 pages black cloth with tan papercovered boards and gilt printing on the spine. This is a clean, Nice, copy VG in a slightly scuffed and chipped DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 64353

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Title: Letters

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1979), New York

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual." Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.

About the Author:

JOHN BARTH's fiction has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. For many years he taught in the writing seminars at John Hopkins University. He is the author of such seminal works as "The Sot-Weed Factor, Chimera" (for which he won the NBA), and "Giles Goat-Boy".

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