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Silver Light (signed)

THOMSON, DAVID

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ISBN 10: 0394556224 / ISBN 13: 9780394556222
Published by Knopf, New York, 1990
Hardcover
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Stated first edition. Signed by author on title page! FINE IN FINE DUST JACKET WITH ORIGINAL $19.95 PRICE. NO REMAINDER MARK. Uncommon signed. Bookseller Inventory # 17221

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Title: Silver Light (signed)

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First printing

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In this book John Wayne, Charles Ives, Billy the Kid and a painting by Albert Bierstadt make cameo appearances. This novel examines the relationship between past and present, fact and fiction, history and legend of the American West at a time when it was being "discovered" and tamed.

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Thomson's rangy metafictional collage blends figures from history and legend as well as characters from Hollywood films in an endlessly inventive cinematic meditation on the American West. Two characters dominate the novel's foreground: a Georgia O'Keeffe-like figure, photographer Susan Garth, shrewd, cantankerous, reclusive, and still self-reliant at 80, and her longtime friend Bark Blaylock, a western writer/filmmaker who may be Wyatt Earp's son. A subplot involves James Averill, a wealthy Easterner who sees his philandering as a frontiersman's quest for knowledge. As the time frame shuttles between 1950 and the late 1800s, we meet Susan's father, a gentlemanly cattle rancher who reads Thomas Hardy, and serves as a springboard to the Old West of Bat Masterson, Geronimo and Billy the Kid. The cast includes Willa Cather, Montgomery Clift, Charles Ives, Judge Roy Bean and numerous characters smuggled in from such movies as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Thomson's ( Suspects ) artfully juxtaposes the brimming frontier of legend against a construct of the West as a constricted wilderness of the soul.
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