TOXICOLOGY - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Jessica Hagedorn
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1st Printing. Signed. 225 pages. Published in 2011. The author's fourth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. 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 Jessica Hagedorn's "Toxicology". Her fourth novel, and her most ambitious since "Dogeaters". "Keenly alert to the mesh of pop culture and life, audacious, multi-talented Hagedorn investigates New York's art and film mystique in an edgy, speedy tale that launches with the shocking death of a Heath Ledger-like actor. Out of jump cuts and close-ups, Hagedorn has composed a jazzy, stingingly smart tragicomedy of toxic substances, hate, and delusions; hustle and creativity; obsession and passion" (Booklist). In a celebrated New Yorker Magazine review, Jessica Hagedorn was praised by the late John Updike, the most influential reviewer/critic in America of his time, as one of the most brilliant writers of her generation. Harold Bloom, the greatest literary critic of our time, weighed in and wrote that "Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between cultures. She takes aim at racism in the United States and develops in her dramas the themes of displacement and the search for belonging". An absolute "must-have" title for Jessica Hagedorn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jessica Hagedorn. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Her signature is clean, flowing, and elegant. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for the National Book Award in 1990 for "Dogeaters". Voted the "Best Book of The Year" by the Before Columbus Foundation. One of the finest American writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670022578. Bookseller Inventory # 16604
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Jessica Hagedorn's edgy and entertaining new novel centers on the lives of two women who are neighbors in Manhattan's West Village. Mimi Smith is a filmmaker of low-budget slasher movies in search of new material. Her neighbor Eleanor Delacroix is a legendary writer of erotic fiction, now nearing eighty and addicted to cocaine and gin. Their personal and artistic lives begin to collide in unexpected ways as Eleanor grieves over the recent death of her live-in lover, the renowned painter Yvonne Wilder, and as Mimi deals with the challenges presented by her newly sober brother Carmelo; her drug-dealing boyfriend, who has mysteriously disappeared; and her wayward fourteen-year-old daughter, Violet. Looming over all these characters is the ghost of Agnes-an "illegal" and cousin of Mimi's who might have been murdered by her New Jersey employers. Toxicology is a dark yet playful exploration of money, desire, mortality, and the connection between creativity and self-destruction.
About the Author: Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty.
Title: TOXICOLOGY - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2011
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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