Near Fine in Good jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. 1975, First Edition. 184 pp. Hardcover, olive cloth. Previous owner's signature on the fly leaf; otherwise a tight, clean, Fine copy. In a Good dust jacket that has an old, stubborn 1x3-inch price sticker at the bottom of the front panel; the DJ also shows light fading/yellowing in some places.
FINE IN NEAR FINE DUST JACKET. BOOK IS FINE WITHOUT ANY MARKS TO THE BINDING OR THE TEXT. D.J. IS ABOUT FINE WITH CREASES TO THE FLAPS AND SOME TANNING ALONG THE FORE-EDGE, AND IS NOT PRICE-CLIPPED. AN EXCELLENT CLEAN, BRIGHT, UNFADED COPY WITH NO REMAINDER MARK.
Near Fine in very good + jacket. 1975 Green cloth 8vo, 184pp. Near fine in VG+ dust jacket with light age toning and a small bit of shelf woil to the upper left corner. Signed/inscribed on the half title page by Abish to Greg Gatenby. Gatenby was the founding artistic director of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, a hugely successful annual event that helped "Time Magazine" declare that Gatenby had made Toronto one of the literary capitals of the world. He also directed the readings at Harbourfront in Toronto, and is the author of "Literary Guide to Toronto."
Dust Jacket Photograph of a Work By Melanie Yushkevich; Dust Jacket Design By Gertrude Huston. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket in Fine jacket. Signed by Author(s) 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First printing of the hardcover edition of Abish's first story collection. viii, 184pp. Gray/green cloth, black ink spine lettering, cream endpapers. Dust jacket price 9.50. SIGNED BY ABISH to half-title page. Review copy with review request slip laid-in. Book and dust jacket are in fine, unread condition [typical age-toning to endpapers]. " [Walter] Abish is known as an inventive experimentalist intent on examining the role of language in the construction of reality. He brings to his fiction the techniques of games, puzzles, cinema, pop art, and deconstructive textual subversion, as well as skepticism about the capacity of language to convey truth. These techniques create works that, as they present themselves as conceptual, self-referential, and abstract, also anatomize, satirize, and criticize contemporary social institutions and attitudes. [Abish has received] awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation."-enotes. " Walter Abish, though he has published relatively late and little, projects a distinct presence in contemporary letters, in part because of the black triangular eye patch that distinguishes his photograph on book jackets. His three novels, three collections of short stories, and lone book of poems have won a number of grants and awards (a MacArthur Foundation grant, the Pen / Faulkner Award of 1981) and high praise from such disparate spirits as Harold Bloom, Richard Howard, and Wendy Lesser....These stories partook of American absurdism, à la Donald Barthelme, Guy Davenport, Robert Coover: effects of cryptic collage, hostile whimsy, and learned fancy were presented in a clipped, deadpan style. The tone served, it seemed, to insulate the writer from taking the events described too seriously. Popular culture, so amusingly appropriated in post-abstract painting, flavored the writer's vision; images filtered in from the glamorous, trendy realms of film, television, and photography. The papery worlds of news items, maps, and classic literature were shuffled together carefreely. For instance, in Abish's first collection, 'Minds Meet' (1975), the story 'How the Comb Gives a Fresh Meaning to the Hair' conceives of Marcel Proust living in Albuquerque, where retarded children, cabbies, Pueblo Indians, and a young couple called Mr. and Mrs. Dip flit through short paragraphs bearing titles like 'Fingernails' and 'Marcel's Childhood. '"-John Updike. Contents: Minds Meet; Life Uniforms; This Is Not a Film This Is a Precise Act of Disbelief; The Instanbul Papers; Frank's Birthday; With Bill in the Desert; The Second Log; A Stake in Witches; More by George; How the Comb Gives a Fresh Meaning to the Hair; Crossing Friends; Non-Site.
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