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The Poorhouse Fair

Updike, John

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ISBN 10: 0394410505 / ISBN 13: 9780394410500
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1977
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Hardcover with dustjacket. 8vo. First thus. Review slip laid in. A new edition (1977) of Updike's first novel, with an introduction by the author. Book is in fine condition. Jacket is in VG+ condition; there is a 1/2" tear along bottom edge, spine is lightly sunned, and edges are rubbed. In protective mylar. 185 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 10846

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Title: The Poorhouse Fair

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Poorhouse Fair, John Updike’s first novel, was written in 1957 and published in January of 1959. For this, its sixth printing, the author has appended an introduction discussing the book’s inspiration, its aesthetic sources and models in classics of science fiction, and the way in which its future (projected to be about 1977) compares with the present. The Poorhouse Fair was hailed at the time of its publication as “a rare and beautiful achievement” and “a work of intellectual imagination and great charity.” Though its future has degenerated into our present, and Updike’s later work is better known, such critics as Henry Bech have hailed this little novel as, still, “surely his masterpiece.”

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