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Proulx, Annie (Author) & Matthews, William (Artist). CLOSE RANGE: WYOMING STORIES (INCLUDES "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN") . New York City, NY: Scribner's, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 283 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's second collection of short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now very scarce. A brilliant production by William Matthews: Regular-sized volume format. Black hard boards with green cloth spine and metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Stories by Annie Proulx. Interspersed with six watercolor reproductions by William Matthews, the finest living artist in the Western genre. Printed on thick archival stock paper (for the text) and coated stock paper (for the art) in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents eleven stories, two of which are now regarded as masterpieces written at the close of the 20th century: "The Half-Skinned Steer" was selected as one of "The Best American Short Stories of the 20th Century" by John Updike. "Brokeback Mountain" was issued in the United Kingdom by itself, remains one of Proulx's most controversial and most beautiful stories (it is about the passionate romance between two cowboys), and is the basis of the great film by Ang Lee, with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. "Annie Proulx demonstrates what makes her great: Images sharp as paper cuts conveyed in language so imaginative and compressed, a sense of character so specific it takes only a sentence to establish a whole life and the underlying promise of something utterly unexpected up ahead". An absolute "must-have" title for Annie Proulx collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Annie Proulx. Proulx signed on top of the page, making it that much more prominent (especially considering how tiny her signature is). It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have major flaws. Because of "Brokeback Mountain", this title has become one of Annie Proulx's most collectible titles: A signed and inscribed copy fetched $3000 at auction in 2005, an incredible sum by any measure. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for "Postcards". Winner of the National Book Award (in 1993) and the Pulitzer Prize (in 1994) for "The Shipping News". One of the finest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0684852217. $400.00

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