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Hamilton, Jane. THE SHORT HISTORY OF A PRINCE. New York City, NY: Random House, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 349 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. One of the finest gay novels ever written. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The poignant story of a young man driven by his unrequited passion for a career in ballet and for a handsome dancer, both of which he can never have, Jane Hamilton ends her novel with an enthralling coda that is reminiscent of both James Agee's "A Death in the Family" and Michael Cunningham's "Flesh and Blood". "Arguably her best, it matches its range of emotion with a technical precision both masterful and haunting. Hamilton has eased time and memory throughout her novel with the expert abandon of a dancer in full pirouette" (The Boston Globe). A "must-have" title for Jane Hamilton collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jane Hamilton. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1989 for "The Book of Ruth". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JANE HAMILTON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679457550. $20.00

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