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Wolff, Tobias. OLD SCHOOL. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 195 pages. Fine. Signed.

The author's landmark debut novel. Uncorrected Proof. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Wolff had in fact published a full-length novel in the United Kingdom called "Ugly Rumours", which he considers an artistic failure. He disowned it, never allowed it to be reissued, and will not sign copies of it. The enormous acclaim that greeted his novella, "The Barracks Thief", is a vindication-of-sorts for him and helps explain his obstinate refusal to acknowledge the early novel's existence. "Determined to fit in at his New England prep school, the narrator has learned to mimic the bearing and manners of his adoptive tribe while concealing as much as possible about himself. His final year, however, unravels everything he has achieved and steers his destiny in directions no one could have predicted. The school's mystique is rooted in Literature and for many boys this becomes an obsession. Robert Frost, soon to appear at JFK's inauguration, is far less controversial than the next visitor, Ayn Rand. But the final guest is one whose blessing a young writer would do almost anything to gain. No one writes more astutely than Wolff about the process by which character is formed and here he illuminates the irresistible power, even the violence, of the self-creative urge. Resonant in ways at once contemporary and timeless, 'Old School' is a masterful achievement by one of the finest writers of our time" (Publisher's blurb). A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Tobias Wolff collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Tobias Wolff. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now highly collectible. This is the only copy of the Uncorrected Proof available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, an immaculate beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1985 for "The Barracks Thief". One of the most influential and important living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOBIAS WOLFF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375401466. $150.00

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