Title: MIDSUMMER NIGHTS - Rare Pristine Copy of The...
Publisher: London, England: Quercus, 2009
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 350 pages. Published in 2009. Landmark collection of short stories and tales based on great operas. One of the most beautiful and most inspired literary collaborations of our time. 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 comes with a red bellyband, which is missing in many copies of the true first and all other subsequent editions. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Published on the occasion of The Glyndebourne Festival's 75th Anniversary in 2009. Presents "Midsummer Nights". A loving tribute to opera, the greatest musical form ever invented by Man, by some of the most esteemed living British writers, who are also committed opera lovers. Critical theorists, pop music, and Broadway aficionados need not apply. In 2009, The Glyndebourne Festival of Opera, the world's greatest summer opera festival (hence the book's title), celebrated its 75th year. Jeanette Winterson brought together fellow writers to contribute original stories inspired by the music, which for these writers, is The Other Muse. In addition to her considerable editorial duties, the indefatigable Winterson also wrote a piece inspired by Puccini's "La Fanciulla Del West". Her Introduction is followed by, among others, Alexander McCall Smith, story inspired by "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Ali Smith, "Fidelio"; Andrew Motion, "Peter Grimes"; Andrew O'Hagan, "Eugene Onegin"; Anne Enright, "Rusalka" ; Colm Toibin, "The Pearl Fishers"; Jackie Kay, "The Makropoulos Case"; Joanna Trollope, "L'Elisir d'Amore"; John Mortimer, "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Julie Myerson, "The Coronation of Poppaea"; Kate Atkinson, "La Traviata"; Kate Mosse, "Pelleas et Melisande"; Lynne Truss, "The Turn of The Screw"; Marina Warner, "Dido and Aeneas"; Ruth Rendell, "Theodora"; Sebastian Barry, "Natoma"; and Toby Litt, "Don Giovanni". An absolute "must-have" title for Modern First, contemporary literature, and opera lover/collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Jeanette Winterson. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed on their Contributions by most of the contributors: Jackie Kay, Sebastian Barry, Kate Atkinson (who also dated it shortly after publication, "15.8.09"), Joanna Trollope, Colm Toibin, Anne Enright, Andrew O'Hagan, Antonia Fraser, Andrew Motion, Marina Warner, and Alexander McCall Smith. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such multi-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. Among the few copies available online, this one has the most number of signatures. Please note: The red bellyband, which is missing in many copies of the true first and all other subsequent printings, is completely intact. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the world's finest writers of our time on the some of the greatest operas of all time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1847248047. Bookseller Inventory # 17840
Synopsis: In 2009, the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera reaches its 75th year. In commemoration of this event, Jeanette Winterson has brought together some of the best loved and most critically acclaimed authors writing today to pen stories inspired by opera. A foreword from Ralph Fiennes and an introduction by Jeanette Winterson are followed by: Alexander McCall Smith on Cosi Fan Tutte; Ali Smith on Fidelio; Andrew Motion on Peter Grimes; Andrew O'Hagan on Eugene Onegin; Ann Enright on Rusalka;; Colm Toibin on Pearl Fishers; Jackie Kay on The Makropulos Case; Joanna Trollope on L'Elisir d'Amore; John Mortimer on Cosi Fan Tutte; Julie Myerson on The Crowning of Poppaea; Kate Atkinson on La Traviata; Kate Mosse on Pelleas et Melisande; Lynne Truss on The Turn of the Screw; Marina Warner on Dido and Aeneas; Posy Simmonds double page of 'Glyndebourne Midsummer Night'; Ruth Rendell on Theodora; Sebastian Barry on Natoma; Toby Litt on Don Giovanni.
About the Author: Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel. Since then she has written eight other novels, including The Passion and been published in 32 countries, as well as adapting her work for TV, film and stage. She lives in Gloucestershire and London.
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