Stock Image
Buy Used
Price: US$ 33.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 9.95 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Returns Policy

READING & WRITING: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Naipaul, V. S.

107 ratings by GoodReads
ISBN 10: 0940322382 / ISBN 13: 9780940322387
Published by New York City, NY: New York Review Of Books, 2000
Used Condition Fine Hardcover
From Modern Rare (CHICAGO, IL, U.S.A.) Quantity Available: 1
Available From More sellers View all  copies of this book

1st Printing. 64 pages. Published in 2000. Retrospective collection of essays. One of the finest literary achievements 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents V. S. Naipaul's "Reading & Writing". His literary/artistic credo, summed up in two sublime essays. "Sifts through memories of his childhood in Trinidad, his university days in England, and his earliest attempts at writing, seeking the experiences of life and reading that shaped his imagination and his growth as a writer. Naipaul's profound reflections on the relations between personal or historical experience and literary form, between the novel and the world, reveal how he came to discover both his voice and the subjects of his writing, and how he learned to turn sometimes to fiction, sometimes to the travel narrative, to portray them truthfully" (Publisher's blurb). V. S. Naipaul is regarded as one of our greatest living novelists, which he is. That he is one of our greatest essayists, which he also is, is less widely acknowledged. There is a simple reason why Naipaul's fiction and "non-fiction" are on the same level of achievement: It has been his life-work to re-invent and re-define writing itself, to go beyond the generic and conventional modes of writing (which account for 99.9% of what is written and read today), and thereby show why being a writer in our deeply distracted modern world is more necessary and gratifying than ever. Naipaul explored the themes in this volume further in his masterly account, "A Writer's People: Ways of Looking And Feeling" (2008), the sequel-of-sorts to this volume and one of the greatest literary texts of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for V. S. Naipaul collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all copies available online are subsequent printings. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971 for "In A Free State". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0940322382. Bookseller Inventory # 18193

About this title:

Synopsis:

I was eleven, no more, when the wish came to me to be a writer; and then very soon it was a settled ambition. But for the young V. S. Naipaul, there was a great distance between the wish and its fulfillment. To become a writer, he would have to find ways of understanding three very different cultures: his family's half-remembered Indian homeland, the West Indian colonial society in which he grew up, and the wholly foreign world of the English novels he read.

In this essay of literary autobiography, V. S. Naipaul sifts through memories of his childhood in Trinidad, his university days in England, and his earliest attempts at writing, seeking the experiences of life and reading that shaped his imagination and his growth as a writer. He pays particular attention to the traumas of India under its various conquerors and the painful sense of dereliction and loss that shadows writers' attempts to capture the country and its people in prose.

Naipaul's profound reflections on the relations between personal or historical experience and literary form, between the novel and the world, reveal how he came to discover both his voice and the subjects of his writing, and how he learned to turn sometimes to fiction, sometimes to the travel narrative, to portray them truthfully. Along the way he offers insights into the novel's prodigious development as a form for depicting and interpreting society in the nineteenth century and its diminishing capacity to do the same in the twentiethÑa task that, in his view, passed to the creative energies of the early cinema.

As a child trying to read, I had felt that two worlds separated me from the books that were offered to me at school and in the libraries: the childhood world of our remembered India, and the more colonial world of our city. ... What I didn't know, even after I had written my early books of fiction ... was that those two spheres of darkness had become my subject. Fiction, working its mysteries, by indirections finding directions out, had led me to my subject. But it couldn't take me all the way. -V.S. Naipaul, from Reading & Writing

About the Author: V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: READING & WRITING: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT - Rare...

Publisher: New York City, NY: New York Review Of Books, 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

Payment Methods

Payment Methods Accepted by Seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

PayPal

Seller Modern Rare
Address: CHICAGO, IL, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Seller Since April 10, 2001
Seller Rating 5-star rating


Terms of Sale:

ModernRare.com is exclusively an online bookstore. Our physical address is 124
N. California Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60612, U.S.A. Our fax number is 501-632-

  1. The main contact person is Salvador L. Cortes. He can be reached at 312-
    376-5000 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
    p.m., Chicago/Midwestern Standard Time.

Email is usually the best way to reach us: info@modernrare.com We will respond
to your email query within 24 hours.

We are exclusively an online bo...

[More Information]

Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping rates are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If the book is heavy or oversize, particularly Art, Photography, and Erotica titles, we will contact you to let you know extra shipping is required, based on actual cost. Every year, the shipping/dispatch rates of the United States Postal Service (USPS) as well as the private services relentlessly increase. PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT MAKE MONEY ON SHIPPING. BUT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SUBSIDIZE IT EITHER. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Store Description: ModernRare.com is exclusively an online bookstore. Our physical address is 124 N. California Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60612, U.S.A. The main contact person is Salvador L. Cortes. He can be reached at 312-376-5000 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Chicago/Midwestern Standard Time. Email is usually the best way to reach us: info@modernrare.com We will respond to your email query within 24 hours. We are exclusively an online bookstore because we believe this is the best way to satisfy our customers' expectations. Unlike an open bookstore, where books are routinely handled and may deteriorate, we guarantee the condition of our books as described. We specialize in modern firsts, photography, the arts, and erotica. You will also find a fine selection of signed copies, Limited Editions, and memorabilia because our ultimate goal is to deepen the pleasure of collecting books. We carry titles that we ourselves like and believe in -- books that we think will excite, enchant, and endure. Please note: Payment needs to be made directly through ABEBooks. If you wish to make any other payment arrangement, please get in touch with us before placing your order. Thank you and happy collecting!