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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

Goldman, William, Abridged By

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ISBN 10: 0151730857 / ISBN 13: 9780151730858
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1973
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full letter line (B-E, for HBJ from 1973 to 1983). Bound in gray cloth-covered boards with black and red lettering on the spine. The book is unmarked; spine cocked; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $7.95); chipped and edgeworn at spine ends and corners; corner crease to top of front flap; two inch-long and two half-inch-long closed tears to top edge; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006531

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Title: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic...

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good -

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

In time for the holidays and to celebrate the movie’s thirtieth anniversary, The Princess Bride is getting the deluxe treatment. With a gifty 8 x 10 trim size, foil and embossing on the text-only cover, and elegant cream uncoated stock with rough edges, this is a stunning package no fan will be able to resist. Other embellishments include fifty full-page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul (taken from the 2013 edition and enlarged), full-color chapter openers, and a beautiful color rendition of the map printed on the endpapers.
 

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The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."

Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, abridged the book as he read it to his son. Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.

Is The Princess Bride a critique of classics like Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers, that smother a ripping yarn under elaborate prose? A wry look at the differences between fairy tales and real life? Simply a funny, frenetic adventure? No matter how you read it, you'll put it on your "keeper" shelf. --Nona Vero

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