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Updike, John. JUST LOOKING: ESSAYS ON ART. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 210 pages. As New.

The author's first collection of essays on art. The true First Edition. Limited Edition of 350 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The Limited Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. A brilliant production by Alfred A. Knopf: Regular-sized volume format. Marbled hard boards with handsome black linen cloth overboards and spine and gilt titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by John Updike. Matching black linen cloth slipcase. Printed on glossy stock paper in Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. "Free of abstraction and jargon and radiant in its curiosity and discernment, he can't help but bring a novelist's psychological insight to his discussion of art, even as he expertly considers technique and aesthetics. Updike is receptivity personified, writing about art with ardent attention, knowledge, and profound appreciation. Updike's immersion in art assures us that there are oases from the crassness of commercial images" (Donna Seaman). The title is almost self-consciously modest. Updike was not just looking; he was looking more keenly than most art "experts" and scholars. Written in Updike's characteristic lapidary style: Chiseled, polished, impeccable. There is such a thing as a John Updike line or sentence in the sense that there isn't in any other living American writer. Susan Sontag regarded him as the finest stylist in the English language of our time. John Updike died of lung cancer on January 27, 2009 at the age of 76. He leaves behind a very large body of work but will still be missed. A magnificent achievement, this is a "must-have" title for John Updike collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in blue pen by John Updike. This edition sold out upon publication and is now very highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. A writer all his adult life, John Updike was probably the most-honored American writer of our time: Winner of numerous awards, among them the Guggenheim Fellowship (1959), Rosenthal Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters (1959), National Book Award for Fiction (1964), O. Henry Prize (1967-68), American Book Award (1982), National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (1982, 1990), Union League Club Abraham Lincoln Award (1982), National Arts Club Medal of Honor (1984), and the National Medal of the Arts (1989), the highest award the U. S. Government bestows on its artists and writers. In 1976, he became a member of American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2003, Updike received the National Medal for Humanities, joining a very small group of great living Americans who have been honored with both the National Medal of the Arts and the National Medal for the Humanities. Updike's greatest novels, "Rabbit is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest", won Pulitzer Prizes. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN UPDIKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394579046. $400.00

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