Wyatt Gwyon's desire to forge is not driven by larceny but from love. Exactingly faithful to the spirit and letter of the Flemish masters, he produces uncannily accurate 'originals' - pictures the painters themselves might have envied. In an age of counterfeit emotion and taste, the real and fake have become indistinguishable; yet Gwyon's ...Read MoreWyatt Gwyon's desire to forge is not driven by larceny but from love. Exactingly faithful to the spirit and letter of the Flemish masters, he produces uncannily accurate 'originals' - pictures the painters themselves might have envied. In an age of counterfeit emotion and taste, the real and fake have become indistinguishable; yet Gwyon's forgeries reflect a truth that others cannot touch - cannot even recognize. Contemporary life collapses the distinction between the 'real' and the 'virtual' world, and Gaddis' novel pre-empts our common obsessions by almost half a century. This novel tackles the blurring of perceptual boundaries, The Matrix and Bladerunner pale in comparison to this epic novel.Read Less
Very Good and uncommon in this advance format. Advance Reading Copy in printed wraps of the author's first book. Scarce format for an uncommon book, this copy has slight creases at the corners and a few small stains to the bulked text edges. Any example of this advance copy in decent condition is remarkable due to its age and its bulky format.
Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Advance reading copy of the author's first book, very good+ in original printed wraps. The white spine is a little darkened and has some wrinkling in the paper (the spine is unprinted). There is a separation about 1" long at the top of the front gutter betweeen the front panel and the spine. The foredge of the page block has two very faint stains running horizontally across the block, which appear to be very minor dampstains. The top front corner of the book is bumped, affecting about the first quarter of the book. "Advance Reading Copy" stamped near bottom of front endpaper. Even with the defects noted, a very nice copy, tight and square, of this noted debut novel in a scarce advance state. Housed in a custom made, cloth covered slipcase.
Advance Reading Copy. Printed wrappers. A couple of tape shadows at the bottom of the spine near the rear panel, the original repair apparently to seal a short and unobtrusive tear, else a sound, very good or a little better copy. The author's uncommon and bulky first book, invariably found well-worn. Poorly received upon publication, Gaddis spent two decades writing copy for large corporations before publishing his next novel. By the end of his life he had won two National Book Awards and was seen as a major American author whose experimental work bridged the writings of James Joyce and Thomas Pynchon. See this book in 3D on our site.
Just about fine, in a very bright jacket with three short closed tears to the top edge. The publisher's broadside is folded into quarters. 956 pp. 8vo, Apparently a review copy, with a single mimeographed sheet of reviews entitled "Advance Comment Pro and Con on 'The Recognitions' by William Gaddis" laid in.
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