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Boyle, T. Coraghessan (T. C. Boyle) . AFTER THE PLAGUE AND OTHER STORIES. New York City, NY: Viking Press, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 303 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's sixth collection of short stories. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Without missing a beat, the author offers a fresh, new collection of short stories after his massive retrospective, "T. C. Boyle Stories". Presents sixteen short stories from a late-modern master of the genre. Nine of them originally appeared in The New Yorker Magazine, three of which were selected as among the "Best American Short Stories" in the year they first appeared. "Skinny, ear-ringed, satanically goateed, T. Coraghessan Boyle is the trickster figure of American letters. Part court jester, part holy fool, he slips in and out of various narrative disguises as it suits him. Nowhere is this more evident than in his short fiction, in which he bounces from psychological naturalism to giddy slapstick, dreamy surrealism to biting satire, sometimes within the space of a single tale" (Mary Park). If Gore Vidal is America's preeminent literary historian, T. C. Boyle is its preeminent literary anthropologist. A "must-have" title for T. Coraghessan Boyle collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by T. Coraghessan Boyle. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time. 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. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670030058. $50.00

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