Title: THE VOLCANO LOVER: A ROMANCE - Scarce Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 419 pages. Published in 1992. The author's breakthrough third novel. One of the greatest American novels 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 Susan Sontag's "The Volcano Lover". Her third and finest novel. The name Susan Sontag was synonymous with "intellectual par excellence". Sontag's resulting predicament as a writer was that her fiction was, with the occasional exception, seldom taken as seriously as her essays. "The Volcano Lover" changed all that. Although it is structurally a historical romance, it is primarily a novel of ideas, particularly on collectors and the obsession called collecting. The "lover" of the title is Sir William Hamilton, the collector/aesthete, who accumulates works of art and just about everything else that gives him the frisson of serendipitous pleasure. He ends up "falling in love" with and collecting the Vesuvius volcano, the looming presence in the novel, a virtual "character". Patricia Highsmith, one of the greatest modernist and thriller-genre writers of the 20th century, called "The Volcano Lover" the best book she had read by an American writer in the last decade of the 20th century. "Sontag relates to the world in order to live in it, or perhaps better still, to allow it to live itself" (Dictionary of Literary Biography). "You have to know when to let the old life go, and go on and not look back and have regrets. Otherwise you will always be sad, because you are always losing something. That's the way life is if you let misfortunes strike you too hard, you won't see the new chance coming" ("The Volcano Lover"). An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Susan Sontag. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a late-modern classic. 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 beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 for "On Photography", the National Book Award in 2000 for "In America" and the Jerusalem Prize in 2001. Shimon Peres, in awarding the Jerusalem Prize, described Sontag as "one of the world's finest writers and greatest minds". One of the most influential and important American writer-intellectuals of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374285160. Bookseller Inventory # 17424
Synopsis: A romance set in eighteenth-century Naples follows the fortunes of a British ambassador, the ravishing woman he marries, and the young British admiral with whom she falls in love. By the author of The Way We Live Now. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
From the Back Cover: "The Volcano Lover is a great novel. It repeatedly scales heights of complex thought, passion and expression that few American writers ever approach, while reimagining a majestic love story in dazzling style." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
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