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Straight Man, a novel (Preview Edition)

Russo, Richard

Published by Random House., 1997
From Hedgehog's Whimsey BOOKS etc. (Newport, NH, U.S.A.)

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Advanced Reading Copy. Black cloth and white blind-stamped (small goose) paper over boards. 391 p. Audience: General/trade. Fiction set on a Pennsylvania college campus, with character Hank Devereaux, an unlikely chair of an English department, a story told with wit and poignant insight. One week's challenges: he threatens to execute a goose, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, finds his secretary writes better fiction than he, suspects his wife is having an affair with his dean, and at an abandoned amusement park, he confronts his philandering father, once king of American Literary Theory. As a recipient of the annual Hale Award, he joins an impressive list of New England-based novelists, poets, historians, and editors, a tradition that began with poet Robert Frost's recognition in 1956. During the 18th century, self-educated Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport N.H. native, was a mother of five when widowed, and later made her living as a writer, becoming the first woman periodical editor (Godey's Lady's Book). Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author, "Newport NH, Oct. 5, 2013" after accepting the Sarah Josepha Hale Award, Richards Free Library Trustees. Red circular Preview Edition sticker on front cover. First edition. Stated first; 2nd printing. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.69050002053

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Title: Straight Man, a novel (Preview Edition)

Publisher: Random House.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard cover

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