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Welcome to Hard Times

Doctorow, E. L

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ISBN 10: 039449833X / ISBN 13: 9780394498331
Published by Random House, 1960
Condition: Good Hardcover
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039449833X Second (2nd) printing of the 1975 reissue. Price intact. No remainder mark. Dust jacket has a two-inch-long by one-inch-deep stain at spine bottom (effects inside of jacket much more than exterior, but is visible on covers/spine). There is also a moisture stain at bottom of rear gutter on book. Jacket has a couple of minor nicks but no long tears. Boards have some tanning to them and book/jacket have some foxing. Not a former library book. Dust jacket in a mylar protector. Bookseller Inventory # 031837

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Title: Welcome to Hard Times

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1960

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage–a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably–and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics.

“A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.”
–The Washington Post

“We are caught up with these people as real human beings.”
–Chicago Sun-Times

“Dramatic and exciting.”
The New York Times

“Terse and powerful.”
–Newsweek

“A taut, bloodthirsty read.”
–The Times Literary Supplement

“A superb piece of fiction.”
–The New Republic
From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author:

E. L. Doctorow’s works of fiction include Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, The Waterworks, City of God, The March, Homer & Langley, and Andrew’s Brain. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, honoring a writer’s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN/ Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to an author whose “scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American literature.” In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction. In 2014 he was honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

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