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Letters: A Novel

Barth, John

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ISBN 10: 039912425X / ISBN 13: 9780399124259
Published by Book Sales, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1981
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Highly collectible FIRST EDITION, first printing by highly acclaimed award-winning author John Barth. Tightly bound copy with unmarked pages. Book boards have some fading and light soiling to closed page edges. The dust jacket has shelfwear and chips and some very small tears to edges. In mylar cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000701

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Title: Letters: A Novel

Publisher: Book Sales, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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The letters of seven people, including a British gentlewoman who finds herself pregnant by her young American lover and a bachelor lawyer who enjoys incest on his final cruise in preparation for suicide, take readers on a journey through history

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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.

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