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Paley, Grace. JUST AS I THOUGHT. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 332 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's first and only collection of essays. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. One of the finest collections ever to appear in our time, when the essay as an art (rather than academic-paper) form faces a bleak and beleaguered future, "Just As I Thought" gathers in one volume Grace Paley's piercingly intelligent and deeply moving pieces on her two greatest passions: Literature and politics. Grace Paley is an original, the prototypical modern American writer/essayist/political activist, who also happened to write great short stories, the one literary genre she made inimitably her own. "The Little Disturbances of Man" (1959), "Enormous Changes At The Last Minute" (1974), and "Later The Same Day" (1985) are now widely regarded as among the finest American short-story collections of the 20th century, and were reissued in one bestselling volume as "The Collected Stories of Grace Paley" in 1994. "Just As I Thought" reminds us that she also mastered the personal essay in a way that only a handful of American writers can possibly match. As an essayist, she speaks in her own voice and what a lovely voice it is: Her mettle, measure, and magnanimity are balanced by her natural, "bullshit"-detector acumen and literary finesse that are hard to find among political activist/writers. It is often asked why Paley never wrote her memoirs considering how fascinating and important her life had been. Well, she did. Her essays cumulatively add up to Paley's intellectual and personal autobiography. Grace Paley died on August 22, 2007 at the age of 85, preceding fellow writer/activist Norman Mailer by two months, both their deaths marking the end of an era. A "must-have" title for Grace Paley collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by Grace Paley. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. The recipient is named. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for more than ten years and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have serious flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GRACE PALEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374180601. $70.00

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