Title: STORIES IN AN ALMOST CLASSICAL MODE - Scarce...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 596 pages. Published in 1988. The author's second collection of short stories. One of the greatest literary collections of the 20th century. 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 Harold Brodkey's "Stories In An Almost Classical Mode". His second retrospective collection. Since 1958, when he published his first book of short stories, "First Love And Other Sorrows", Harold Brodkey had become something of a mystery man, elusive and silent. The present volume collects, in chronological order, work published in various literary magazines over the past three decades. The stories are "classical" in the sense that they avoid trendy experimentation: There isn't a trace of Minimalism, Metafiction, or Magic Realism in any of them. Brodkey's subject is the "Sturm und Drang" of human relationships, especially sexual relationships. Acutely sensitive, intensely analytical, he writes with "the authority of being on one's knees in front of the event". No matter what the situation, the narrative voice is invariably eloquent and intelligent. An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Brodkey collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Harold Brodkey. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The signature is done vertically, as Brodkey often did almost as a trademark. This title is a great book. This is one of 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. Please note: Many copies available online have major flaws, are price-clipped, or remainder-marked. A scarce signed copy thus. "First Love and Other Stories" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical titles of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BRODKEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394506995. Bookseller Inventory # 4479
Synopsis: Eighteen stories, most of them novella-length, are collected here. They formthe basis of Brodkey's reputation as a great 20th-century American writer andspan three decades.
From the Back Cover: 'Brodkey's stories are one of those provinces we visit while traveling and that travel with us ever since...Brodkey has followed his vision of growth and corruption...to depths only he has charted.' -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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