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Canin, Ethan. EMPEROR OF THE AIR: STORIES. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 179 pages. Fine/Fine. Slight sunning on DJ spine.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the most important literary debuts of the 1980's, the book is now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Lavishly praised by such writers as Walker Percy and Robert Coles. Presents nine impeccably, lovingly, and beautifully crafted stories that immediately established Ethan Canin as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary American literature. "Explores the beauty and mystery of everyday existence: That rare knowledge, denied or pursued, that illuminates the soul. These stories are full of life, rich with personal history, plot, and revelation" (Publisher's blurb). A "must-have" title for Ethan Canin collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ethan Canin. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for almost twenty years even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ETHAN CANIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0395429765. $100.00

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