The simultaneous narratives of schoolteacher, Malachy Dudgeon and headmaster, Raphael Bell, tell how the loss of a loved one each destroyed their lives. Bell's tale, for example, runs from him being a model pupil and respected schoolmaster, to how he came to run "The Dead School".The simultaneous narratives of schoolteacher, Malachy Dudgeon and headmaster, Raphael Bell, tell how the loss of a loved one each destroyed their lives. Bell's tale, for example, runs from him being a model pupil and respected schoolmaster, to how he came to run "The Dead School".Read Less
8vo. VG+/VG+. irregular pasted and taped down montage of black and brown objects illustrate DJ spine and jacket front. titling in white, staggered and underlined words down spine. black black clothbound HB spine, with bronze metallic imprinted lettering. cloth transitions to paperbound panels. khaki endsheets. SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE. ivory textblock skimmed through lightly, no markings and edges all sides clear. great shape overall. 286 pp. ISBN# 0385314205. Rockville.
Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 287 pages. Fine in Fine dust jacket. The author's fourth novel. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Patrick McCabe's novel. He achieved "breakthrough" status with his third novel, "The Butcher Boy", which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize, became the basis of a very fine film by Neil Jordan, and was acclaimed as "a masterpiece of literary ventriloquism". An equally dazzling novel, "The Dead School" is the intertwined story of two Irishmen from different generations, whose lives intersect for a brief and destructive time, and then miserably, continue apart. McCabe avoids the facile or dramatic ending and delivers instead the saddest, funniest, and most horrible ending of all because it is so true to life. "McCabe may well be the lodestone of Irish fiction" (New York Observer). A "must-have" title for Patrick McCabe collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the front free endpaper by Patrick McCabe. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many copies online have serious flaws. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the Booker Prize in 1992 for "The Butcher Boy" and in 1998 for "Breakfast On Pluto". One of the finest living novelists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATRICK MCCABE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385314205.
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