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White, Edmund. SKINNED ALIVE. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 254 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's debut collection of short stories. One of Edmund White's finest achievements, it is now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents eight dazzling and moving stories by one of the very few great gay American writers of our time. Written in Edmund White's famously effortless, supple prose, which serves him well in this graceful and agile act of sexual, emotional, and psychological exploration and disburdenment. "A wonderful collection. This is Edmund White at his most humorous and most personal, each story a time capsule, a re-telling, a reprise, another fiction of an autobiography. Most of all, White ends his stories brilliantly: What seems a series of haphazard comic episodes suddenly focusses, and we discover the sadness of a fable. When you put this book down, you know you've read a series of new maps. You've been deeply moved. You've been there" (Michael Ondaatje). Every Edmund White book is, deep down, a fable. Every fable, as Ondaatje observes, is marked by a melancholy beauty. A "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page, as may be much more commonly found online. At the time of the book's publication, Edmund White was based in Paris, suffering from AIDS, and believed he would never return to America. He was one of the first prominent figures to be diagnosed with the illness, and after more than twenty-five years, remains one of its longest-living survivors (through a cocktail regimen). This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679434763. $50.00

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