Very Good + in very good + jacket. First printing. Originally published under the title: Swann: a Mystery, by Stoddart Publishing Co., in 1987. An early novel by the late Pulitzer Prize winning author.
Very good in very good dust jacket. First Edition. First Edition / First Printing as identified with "1" in the full number line. Unclipped DJ in VG condition. Not ex-library. Inside pages clean and free from any marks. Binding tight and square. Very Clean Copy-Over 500, 000 Internet Orders Filled.
Near Fine+ (Book Condition). Near Fine+ (Jacket Condition) Book An excellent copy; hint of shelfwear. Text clean, binding strong. [Montreal Books rating system: 1. Fine; 2. Near Fine; 3. Very Good; 4. Good; 5. Fair. ]
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0679307710. Some edgewear to book & DJ; This is a reprint of the 1987 novel from Stoddart Publishing. DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 397 pages; Although best known for The Stone Diaries, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Governor General's Award, Carol Shields has anointed Swann as her favourite offspring. Swann, a literary mystery that won the Arthur Ellis Award for best Canadian mystery, is among Shields's most eccentric works. It revolves around the papers of a fictional Canadian poet named Mary Swann, the stifled, uneducated, and almost friendless wife of a violent, poverty-stricken farmer. Just before her murder at the hands of her husband, Swann had delivered a paper bag containing her scraps of poetry to Frederic Cruzzi, the editor of a Kingston small press. Swann's book is initially forgotten, until Sarah Maloney, a young American feminist academic, discovers it. The novel itself begins after Swann has gained a small but growing reputation as a sort of northern Emily Dickinson, as her various readers prepare for an academic symposium in her honour. The bulk of Swann is divided into four sections, one devoted to each of the novel's main characters, all of whom are guilty of distorting or even destroying Swann's work and character to suit their own purposes. Along with Sarah and Frederic, the reader meets Morton Jimroy, Swann's rather pathetic and repellent biographer, and Rose Hindmarch, the middle-aged spinster who was Swann's only lasting human contact outside of her marriage. Swann is, in a sense, a writer's revenge novel, gently satirizing everyone who lives through the literary establishment, from academics to publishers, rare book collectors, and even common readers.
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