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Shepard, Sam. CRUISING PARADISE: TALES. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 239 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut collection of short stories. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents forty brilliant tales in the playwright's unmistakable style. "Exploring themes of solitude and loss, Sam Shepard revisits the innocence of boyhood, traverses the confines of loneliness, gives accounts of the farcical exclusiveness of show business (which he knows first-hand), and offers an obstinate perspective on death. As in his stage and screen work, Shepard ties these musings to the wild and open spaces of Mexico and the United States, utilizing the allure and tempo of the open road to bring his writing and self-actualization full circle" (Publishers Weekly). Sam Shepard is not just another short story writer. He is an American cultural icon who has written 45 plays, eleven of which have won Obie Awards, and at least five of which are now regarded as masterpieces of late-20th century theater: "Buried Child", "Curse of the Starving Class", "True West", "Fool for Love", and "A Lie of The Mind". He is a force in Hollywood as a brilliant actor (with singular good looks), screenwriter, and film director. Bruce Weber has devoted a whole book of photographs on him, "Sam", and he is one of America's genuine cultural exports, his plays translated into 36 languages and performed throughout the world. Shepard is also a virtual recluse who lives in Kentucky. A "must-have" title for Sam Shepard collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the half-title page by Sam Shepard. Shepard's handwriting is unusually neat, flowing, and elegant. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. He rarely does public signings, making signed copies of his books extremely rare. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAM SHEPARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679415645. $300.00

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