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BY NIGHTFALL - Rare Fine Set: Copies of The Advance Reader's Edition And The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Michael Cunningham - ONLY SIGNED SET ONLINE

Cunningham, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0374299080 / ISBN 13: 9780374299088
Published by New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 240 pages. Published in 2010. Rare Michael Cunningham collectible set. A fine copy of the Advance Reader's Edition of "By Nightfall" with a fine copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing, both signed by Michael Cunningham. Both precede and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny print run for the exclusive use of the publisher and author (in the case of the ARC) and in a small and limited first print run (in the case of the First Hardcover Edition). They are now scarce. Presents Michael Cunningham's "By Nightfall". His sixth novel. "Mid-life crisis" is a familiar and fascinating subject. For New Yorkers, it is a fact of life. If New York City is anything in particular, it is a city which cannot seem to get over its protracted mid-life crisis (which is why Jonathan Lethem entitled his New York novel "Chronic City") and indeed seems perversely to thrive because of it. The city mirrors its residents who, after all, make New York what it is. In long-time New Yorkers Rebecca and Peter Harris, Michael Cunningham has given us two of his most memorable characters. Rebecca's younger brother, Ethan, the pivotal third character, is the resentful outsider/trouble-maker who personifies The Rest of America vis-a-vis NYC. Never heavy-handed, Cunningham turns the larger drama of New York mid-life crisis into a nuanced and finely calibrated series of revelations that reach a heart-stopping climactic set piece. Then it ends on a tentative note, an ending that suggests (but does not promise) a new beginning. "Cunningham is drawn to simple, potent plots, saving his energy for the hearts and minds, the groins and guts, of his characters. He makes you turn the pages. You aren't deadened by detail; you're eager to know what happens next. Cunningham writes so well, and with such an economy of language that he can pull up the poet's exact match" (Jeanette Winterson). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Cunningham collectors. This copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Cunningham. It comes with a fine copy of the Advance Reader's Edition, which is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by the author. They are both signed directly on the title page, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. "A Home At The End of The World" was selected as one of "The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950" by The Modern Library, the most prestigious list of its kind for the period 1950-1999. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The Pen/Faulkner Award in 1999 for "The Hours". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374299080. Bookseller Inventory # 18780

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Title: BY NIGHTFALL - Rare Fine Set: Copies of The ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Synopsis:

By Nightfall Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy until her much-younger look-alike brother shows up for a visit. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Hours," Cunningham's masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full description

Review:

The novel is less a snapshot of the way we live now than a consideration of the timeless consolations of love and art in the shadow of death, and its resolution--inevitable yet startling, like the slap of a wave--is a triumph. "The New Yorker"

Rather witty and a little outrageous . . . for pure, elegant, efficient beauty, Cunningham is astounding. He's developed this captivating narrative voice that mingles his own sharp commentary with Peter's mock-heroic despair. Half Henry James, half James Joyce, but all Cunningham, it's an irresistible performance, cerebral and campy, marked by stabbing moments of self-doubt immediately undercut by theatrical asides and humorous quips. . . a cerebral, quirky reflection on the allure of phantom ideals and even, ultimately, on what a traditional marriage needs to survive. "Ron Charles, The Washington Post"

[Cunningham] makes you turn the pages. He tells a story here, but not too much a story. You aren't deadened by detail; you're eager to know what happens next. "Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review"

Where art and humanity converge and where they part form a double helix in By Nightfall and account for the novel's most considered and lovely prose. Cunningham's observations of our desperate search for the real fill and break the heart. "Ellen Kanner, Miami Herald"

So many of Cunningham's physical descriptions read like confident prose poems, where you imagine what's left between the lines . . . As a testament to the richness of the literary imagination, By Nightfall' is a success. You can't read this novel without the sense of how worlds can be found in a drop of water, or in an offhand comment, or in the curve of a vase. . . By Nightfall' is a meditation on beauty, and it has its own indelible qualities of beauty. "Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe"

Beauty, in its infinite variety and its power to transfix and seduce and delude, is a central theme of By Nightfall, ' the latest from the author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Hours.' Add the mysteries and fears of aging and mortality to the agenda, and you have echoes here of Oscar Wilde and Thomas Mann . . . the attentive reader is rewarded with a wise and exhilarating epiphany at the end. "Misha Berson, The Seattle Times"

Cunningham can really write. And so he transforms a set of predictable elements into an unpredictable and engrossing read. By Nightfall' is an exemplar of the crossover megahit that authors of all genders and genres dream of: an entertaining page-turner that's bound for, and deserving of, literary eternity . . . There's nothing minor about Cunningham's heart, or his talent. By Nightfall' deserves every superlative it has summoned. "Meredith Maran, San Francisco Chronicle"

[Cunningham's] vigorous explorations of art and its meaning--along with a thick veil of eroticism--keep the pages turning. "Eric Liebetrau, People"

Cunningham has again pulled off his trick of combining the novel of ideas with the juicy read. The characters in By Nightfall' deceive, spy on and gossip about one another; but while all that is going on, Nightfall' also studies the concepts of beauty and genius as they are expressed in the contemporary art world . . . The verdict: By Nightfall' is a delicious book and will make a fine movie, as did The Hours' and A Home at the End of the World.' A straight man who suddenly falls for his wife's brother may seem like a stretch for mass appeal--but then didn't Mrs. Dalloway? "Marion Winik, Newsday"

In this rueful, daring and expansive novel, Cunningham gives us deep and thrilling access to the mind and heart of a searching, cynical, self-deprecating-except-when-he's-self-aggrandizing modern male. "Pam Houston, More"

There are sentences here so powerfully precise and beautiful that they almost hover above the page. "Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly"

Beautifully written. . . Cunningham manages to perfectly capture post-9/11 New York City, with keen observations about anxiety, fidelity, aging, the art world and the somewhat impossible pursuit of what we think of as happiness. "Very Short List"

A ravishing and witty tale of yearning and hubris. "Donna Seaman, The Kansas City Star"

The result is an exquisite, slyly witty, warmly philosophical, and urbanely eviscerating tale of the mysteries of beauty and desire, art and delusion, age and love. "Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)"

Michael Cunningham's newest novel, By Nightfall, ' is a slim book that takes on some big issues: the evolving relationship of long-married couples, the often-fraught bond between parents and their adult children, the duty siblings have to one another. But it also enlarges to consider the role that beauty plays in our lives and the necessarily one-sided nature of our relationship with it. By Nightfall' is philosophy masquerading as a story.. . . Instead of a novel overflowing with flesh and sweat, rage and craziness, Cunningham has given us a well-considered treatise. "Nancy Connors, The Plain Dealer""

-The novel is less a snapshot of the way we live now than a consideration of the timeless consolations of love and art in the shadow of death, and its resolution--inevitable yet startling, like the slap of a wave--is a triumph.- --The New Yorker

-Rather witty and a little outrageous . . . for pure, elegant, efficient beauty, Cunningham is astounding. He's developed this captivating narrative voice that mingles his own sharp commentary with Peter's mock-heroic despair. Half Henry James, half James Joyce, but all Cunningham, it's an irresistible performance, cerebral and campy, marked by stabbing moments of self-doubt immediately undercut by theatrical asides and humorous quips. . . a cerebral, quirky reflection on the allure of phantom ideals and even, ultimately, on what a traditional marriage needs to survive.- --Ron Charles, The Washington Post

-[Cunningham] makes you turn the pages. He tells a story here, but not too much a story. You aren't deadened by detail; you're eager to know what happens next.- --Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review

-Where art and humanity converge and where they part form a double helix in By Nightfall and account for the novel's most considered and lovely prose. Cunningham's observations of our desperate search for the real fill and break the heart.- --Ellen Kanner, Miami Herald

-So many of Cunningham's physical descriptions read like confident prose poems, where you imagine what's left between the lines . . . As a testament to the richness of the literary imagination, 'By Nightfall' is a success. You can't read this novel without the sense of how worlds can be found in a drop of water, or in an offhand comment, or in the curve of a vase. . . 'By Nightfall' is a meditation on beauty, and it has its own indelible qualities of beauty.- --Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

-Beauty, in its infinite variety and its power to transfix and seduce and delude, is a central theme of 'By Nightfall, ' the latest from the author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel 'The Hours.' Add the mysteries and fears of aging and mortality to the agenda, and you have echoes here of Oscar Wilde and Thomas Mann . . . the attentive reader is rewarded with a wise and exhilarating epiphany at the end.- --Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

-Cunningham can really write. And so he transforms a set of predictable elements into an unpredictable and engrossing read. 'By Nightfall' is an exemplar of the crossover megahit that authors of all genders and genres dream of: an entertaining page-turner that's bound for, and deserving of, literary eternity . . . There's nothing minor about Cunningham's heart, or his talent. 'By Nightfall' deserves every superlative it has summoned.- --Meredith Maran, San Francisco Chronicle

-[Cunningham's] vigorous explorations of art and its meaning--along with a thick veil of eroticism--keep the pages turning.- --Eric Liebetrau, People

-Cunningham has again pulled off his trick of combining the novel of ideas with the juicy read. The characters in 'By Nightfall' deceive, spy on and gossip about one another; but while all that is going on, 'Nightfall' also studies the concepts of beauty and genius as they are expressed in the contemporary art world . . . The verdict: 'By Nightfall' is a delicious book and will make a fine movie, as did 'The Hours' and 'A Home at the End of the World.' A straight man who suddenly falls for his wife's brother may seem like a stretch for mass appeal--but then didn't Mrs. Dalloway?- --Marion Winik, Newsday

-In this rueful, daring and expansive novel, Cunningham gives us deep and thrilling access to the mind and heart of a searching, cynical, self-deprecating-except-when-he's-self-aggrandizing modern male.- --Pam Houston, More

-There are sentences here so powerfully precise and beautiful that they almost hover above the page.- --Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly

-Beautifully written. . . Cunningham manages to perfectly capture post-9/11 New York City, with keen observations about anxiety, fidelity, aging, the art world and the somewhat impossible pursuit of what we think of as happiness.- --Very Short List

-A ravishing and witty tale of yearning and hubris.- --Donna Seaman, The Kansas City Star

-The result is an exquisite, slyly witty, warmly philosophical, and urbanely eviscerating tale of the mysteries of beauty and desire, art and delusion, age and love.- --Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

-Michael Cunningham's newest novel, 'By Nightfall, ' is a slim book that takes on some big issues: the evolving relationship of long-married couples, the often-fraught bond between parents and their adult children, the duty siblings have to one another. But it also enlarges to consider the role that beauty plays in our lives and the necessarily one-sided nature of our relationship with it. 'By Nightfall' is philosophy masquerading as a story.. . . Instead of a novel overflowing with flesh and sweat, rage and craziness, Cunningham has given us a well-considered treatise.- --Nancy Connors, The Plain Dealer

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