Description:First Edition. No DJ. Stated First Edition with NO DJ. Clean...First Edition. No DJ. Stated First Edition with NO DJ. Clean cover. Unmarked clean pages. Light soiling to fore edge. Light shelf wear to boards.
Description:NF in NF jacket. Book and DJ are in incredible condition with...NF in NF jacket. Book and DJ are in incredible condition with no tears, stains or writing and the price is unclipped. The flyleaf has a shadow from newspaper but INCLUDED ARE2 NY TIMES BOOK REVIEWS AND THE BOOK REVIEWS FROM THE SATURDAY REVIEW AND THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE AS WELL AS VARIOUS DISPLAY ADS FOR THIS BOOK. Great Collector copy! !
Description:Fine. F+/F. 1st edition, 1st printing. Author's second book....Fine. F+/F. 1st edition, 1st printing. Author's second book. Winner fo the 1976 National Book Award (Fiction). We offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Contact us for details.
Description:Cover Design By Janet Halverson; Typography and Binding Design...Cover Design By Janet Halverson; Typography and Binding Design By Virgina Tan. Near Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First printing of the Trade paperback published simultaneously with a small print run hardcover edition of approx. 2000 copies. vi, 730pp. Pictorial card covers. SIGNED BY AUTHOR to first page. Book is very tight, appears unread; spine is uncreased; two slight creases to front cover, typical browning to edges of cover interiors. Great looking copy. Winner 1975 National Book Award. Second Novel, published some twenty years after 'The Recognitions'. "Gaddis' 'JR' has my nomination for the best American novel of the last half of the 20th century. It is also one of the two or three funniest American novels I can remember reading, right up there with 'Lolita'. It is composed entirely in dialogue, without any breaks at all, and it is sometimes difficult to tell who is talking, but once into the rhythm of the talk, it becomes clearer. It also helps to have an MBA or some business background, as the business deals it describes, to hilarious effect, are sometimes very intricate. It is the story of an 11-year old school kid wheeler-dealer who builds a gigantic paper empire 'bubble' from some army surplus items ordered from a comic book. He manages to involve various adults, including his teacher, in his capitalist schemes. It is a savage and entirely prescient view of America, foreseeing much of the present stock market madness (and it fact its comic hyperbole does not seem so wild now in light of our own real world stock market 'irrational exuberence'). It is unequalled as a depiction of the warping influences in people's lives caused by the capitalist ethic, where serious artists are devalued by the dictates of the market. If you enjoy Pynchon, Barth, or Joseph McElroy (another undeservedly unknown American writer) you will like Gaddis. This is a book to come back to again---read it now before our stock market bubble bursts! "-Richard Ellis. One of the great masters of the twentieth-century novel, William Gaddis was born in 1922 in New York City and grew up in Massapequa, Long Island. He attended Harvard but was asked to leave the university, under mysterious circumstances, during his senior year. After working as a fact-checker at The New Yorker, he traveled through Europe, Africa, and Central America. During this time he wrote his first novel, 'The Recognitions' (1955), a massive, dense, highly allusive work about the fraudulence that pervades contemporary life. Both critics and the public either ignored or dismissed it. Gaddis took various jobs over the next twenty years to support his family, speechwriting for corporate executives, scriptwriting for government films, and working in public relations for a pharmaceutical company. These experiences informed his second novel, 'J R' (1975). Consisting almost entirely of fragmentary dialogue, the book is a stinging satire of American business, charting the rise and fall of a huge financial empire assembled by an 11-year-old boy. Although it divided critics, 'J R' won the 1976 National Book Award. Considerably shorter and more intimate, Gaddis's third novel, 'Carpenter's Gothic' (1985), is perhaps his darkest work, focusing on the anguished lives of a miserable heiress and her husband, a scheming Vietnam veteran. ' A Frolic of His Own' (1994), the winner of another National Book Award, delineates the absurdities of the law and the legal profession. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Gaddis received a MacArthur grant in 1982. He died in 1998. His last novel, Agape Agape, a monologue about the destructive effects of corporate culture and technological innovation on the arts, was published in October 2002, along with a collection of his critical essays.
Description:Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Author Very Good/Very...Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Author Very Good/Very Good 1st edition in an unclipped dust jacket. A gorgeous copy of this National Book Award winning novel. Signed by the author in pencil on the front end-paper. A handsome copy that shows only very light use indeed. Bright and clean.
Description:Fine in Very Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. SIGNED...Fine in Very Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. SIGNED SIGNED by author. Fine in black cloth, in a very near fine jacket, small corner crease on each flap and a brief amount of wear at spine ends. A great copy of his 2nd book, a National Book Award winner as was his 1st book. A very scarce signature.
Description:First Edition. Warmly INSCRIBED by Gaddis in 1984 to Harper's...First Edition. Warmly INSCRIBED by Gaddis in 1984 to Harper's Magazine and Saturday Review literary critic John Aldridge: "To John Aldridge / with great thanks and serious regard / William Gaddis / Ann Arbor / 1984." Though later considered one of the most important literary works of the twentieth century, Gaddis' debut novel "The Recognitions" was effectively lambasted upon publication. Only a few critics, including Aldridge and a young David Burnett, gave good notices. Aldridge's review was eventually published in his collection of essays, "In Search of Heresy" (McGraw-Hill, 1956). Gaddis took little notice of the lack of public interest in his first novel, and started work on his second, "JR, " not published until 20 years later, again reviewed by Aldridge, and ultimately winning the National Book Award. Beginning in 1976 and throughout the 1980s, Gaddis and Aldridge maintained contact, and became friends. A superb association between one of the most important literary figures of the second half of the twentieth century and one of the first major critics to champion his work. Winner of the National Book Award. About Near Fine in a like dust jacket. Small tear at the top right corner of both the book and the jacket, else lightly worn.
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