Farther Away: Essays Scarce Fine Copy: Signed, Placed, and Dated in the Year of Publication
by Jonathan Franzen
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Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 2012 pages. As New in As New dust jacket. The author's second collection of essays. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a relatively small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Jonathan Franzen's second collection of personal and literary essays. "Returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day" (Publisher's blurb). Franzen is, by now, our most well-known amateur ornithologist; the eponymous piece is his account of a trip to the South Pacific to get away from it all and enjoy birdlife. Aside from the late David Foster Wallace and Michael Chabon, only Jonathan Franzen has written fine, better-than-fine, and great essays among his peers. Like poetry, the essay is a seemingly insurmountable challenge for even our most accomplished contemporary writers, in a way that it wasn't for previous generations of American writers (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and Susan Sontag, to mention some of the most celebrated names, come readily to mind). As such, Franzen's determination to leave his mark in the essay form is all the more impressive. A "must-have" title for Jonathan Franzen collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Jonathan Franzen 10.24.12 NYC". This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century", a selection that was prescient because he had not written anything in almost a decade. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Corrections". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN FRANZEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374153574.