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White, Edmund. FANNY: A FICTION. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 369 pages. As New/As New.

The author's eighth novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2003. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The book is dedicated to Joyce Carol Oates and marks the third phase in Edmund White's career: His permanent return to the United States (after about twenty years of self-imposed exile in France) as well as his entry into academe, as the Director of Literary Studies at Princeton University. It is curious that almost all blurbs and reviews of "Fanny" call it a "departure" for Edmund White, in the sense that it is a historical novel, a "romance" in the manner of Nathaniel Hawthorne, whereas he is celebrated for his fictional accounts of contemporary gay life in America. The fact remains that two of his greatest works are historical novels: "Forgetting Elena" and "Caracole", which Vladimir Nabokov, Harold Bloom, and Cynthia Ozick regard as masterpieces, not counting the explosively erotic historical fantasy, "Nocturnes For the King of Naples". "Fanny" would therefore be, at the very least, the third historical novel from his masterly hands. "Transports us to a past that ironically illuminates the present" (Ann Beattie). A "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies online are. Edmund White was one of the first prominent figures to be diagnosed with AIDS, 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 very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very 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 flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060004843. $60.00

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