Title: ON THE RIVER STYX AND OTHER STORIES - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 208 pages. Published in 1989. The author's debut collection of short stories. Now considered a modern classic. 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 is now scarce. Presents Peter Matthiessen's "On The River Styx". His masterly collection of stories. Selected by the author himself with surpassing discrimination, it consists of ten stories in all, written over a span of 35 years of prolific writing. The resulting slim volume can be read in one go, one masterpiece after another. Matthiessen's stories echo and enlarge upon those of Jack London and Ernest Hemingway, his precursor-writers, in the same vein. Well, in any case, there is no one of his generation who captures with such vividness of detail, freshness of imagination, and depth of feeling the often inevitably tragic encounter between Man and Nature as Matthiessen does. "When all the faddish smoke clears, Peter Matthiessen's work will stand revealed as that of an artist of immense talent, grandeur, and genius" (Jim Harrison). After a year-long struggle with cancer, Peter Matthiessen died on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Matthiessen collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Peter Matthiessen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few such 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. The cream DJ, which soils easily, is un-soiled and un-blemished. Please note: Most copies available online have all kinds of flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER MATTHIESSEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394553993. Bookseller Inventory # 18728
Synopsis: Since the 1950s Peter Matthiessen has written fiction and nonfiction of elemental power and moral vision, including the acclaimed novels At Play in the Fields of the Lord and Far Tortuga and works of naturalism and exploration like the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard.
This stunning collection of short stories, available for the first time in paperback, spans more than three decades of writing by one of the most acclaimed literary voices of our time.
From the Back Cover: "Mr. Matthiessen proves himself here to be a connoisseur of coiled tensions, between men and women, between people of different social classes, and, repeatedly, between races.... There is something almost mysterious about his achievement...qualities for which one can think of only classical or old-fashioned words: gravitas, grandeur, beauty." -- The New York Times
"These compelling tales of elemental fear and ever-pressing silence culminate in the great, dark and desperate final story, a masterful piece of work by one of our best writers." -- Don DeLillo
"Simply wonderful stories. When all the faddish smoke clears. Peter Matthiessen's work will stand revealed as that of an artist of immense talent, grandeur, and genius." -- Jim Harrison
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