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A Summons to Memphis

Taylor, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0394410629 / ISBN 13: 9780394410623
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Printing. DJ has light scuffing to spine ends, sticker remove scar (tonal not torn) at bottom of rear panel, small scuff to M in title on front panel, else fine. A beautiful copy of the Pulitzer Prize winner and winner of the Ritz-Paris Hemingway Award. Bookseller Inventory # 001695

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Title: A Summons to Memphis

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine -

Edition: First Edition

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Philip has a new life in New York but is returned to the petty meddling of his family when his two spinster sisters call upon him to help them ruin their eighty-one-year-old father's wedding plans

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Peter Taylor is well-known as a masterful writer of short stories set in the old South; not the well-explored South of explosive passions, but an urban world of faded gentility and empty custom. In his almost Jamesian evocations of the mannered upper classes in his native Tennessee, he neither romanticizes nor reviles, but meticulously observes, revealing the patterns of social behavior that leave the individual at the mercy of a relentless past. In this, only the second novel of his long career and the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Taylor weaves a rich social web in telling the story of one family's stark social decline, symbolized by a move from Nashville to Memphis, and of the consequences through the years and down the generations.

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