Title: SKINNED ALIVE - Scarce Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 254 pages. Published in 1995. The author's debut collection of short stories. One of Edmund White's finest achievements. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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 Edmund White's "Skinned Alive". Eight beautifully written and moving stories by one of very few great American writers of our time. Written in Edmund White's famously effortless, supple, and immaculate prose, which serves him well in this graceful act of sexual, emotional, and psychological exploration and disburdenment. "A wonderful collection. This is Edmund White at his most humorous and most personal, each story a time capsule, a re-telling, a reprise, another fiction of an autobiography. Most of all, White ends his stories brilliantly: What seems a series of haphazard comic episodes suddenly focusses, and we discover the sadness of a fable. When you put this book down, you know you've read a series of new maps. You've been deeply moved. You've been there" (Michael Ondaatje). Every Edmund White book is, deep down, a fable. Every fable, as Ondaatje observes, is marked by a melancholy beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: At the time of the book's publication, Edmund White was based in Paris, suffering from AIDS, and believed he would never return to America. He was one of the first prominent figures to be diagnosed with the illness, and after more than twenty-five years, remains one of its longest-living survivors (through a cocktail regimen). So signed copies from the period will be difficult to find. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679434763. Bookseller Inventory # 12017
Synopsis: The eight stories in this erotic and heartbreaking collection are barometers of difference. They measure the distance between an American expatriate and the Frenchman who tutors him in table manners and rough sex; the gulf between a man dying of AIDS and his uncomprehending relatives.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover: "Wrenching, glorious, seductive . . . urgent and kinetic . . . delectably precise."-- San Francisco Examiner
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