Title: THE SNOW QUEEN - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 260 pages. Published in 2014. The author's seventh novel. Destined to be a 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. "Autographed Copy" pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Michael Cunningham's "The Snow Queen". Named after the great Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, about a sister who travels arduous distances to save her brother, who has a shard of mirror glass stuck in his eye. "That voice, Cunningham's inimitable style, is the real miracle of 'The Snow Queen'. Sentence by sentence, he moves across the surface of these pages like some suave, literary god. He writes so wisely about the cruel taunting of remission and the way illness both deepens and frays romantic relationships, endowing the dying with a kind of security and purpose that healthy people crave. Full of affecting pathos" (The Washington Post). "We want escapism, of course, but there's another, more complicated, kind of escapism that we also want - an escape into a different, possibly larger, more immediately meaningful world. Fairy tales, movies, novels, they all take us out of the confines of ourselves, of our lives, even if we're perfectly happy with our lives. Because there are other lives too" (Michael Cunningham). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Cunningham collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (on the day of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Michael Cunningham May 6, 2014". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Cunningham launched the book in New York City. Laid-in is the bookmark of the store in which the launch was held and during which his signature was obtained. This also comes with a fine copy of the Printers Row Journal May 2014 Issue, which shows Cunningham on the Cover and features a four-page Interview/Article, "Weaving A Fairy Tale From Life", on "The Snow Queen". This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. "A Home At The End of The World" was selected as one of "The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950" by The Modern Library, the most prestigious list of its kind for the period 1950-1999. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The Pen/Faulkner Award in 1999 for "The Hours". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374266328. Bookseller Inventory # 18764
A darkly luminous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize?winning author of The Hours
Michael Cunningham?s luminous novel begins with a vision. It?s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn?t believe in visions?or in God?but he can?t deny what he?s seen.
At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett?s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying?and failing?to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.
Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.
Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul.
The Snow Queen, beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.
About the Author:
Michael Cunningham is the author of six novels, including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as Land?s End: A Walk in Provincetown. He lives in New York.
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