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Brodkey, Harold. STORIES IN AN ALMOST CLASSICAL MODE. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 596 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's second collection of short stories. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Since 1958, when he published a book of short stories called "First Love and Other Sorrows", Harold Brodkey had become something of a mystery man. The present volume collects in chronological order magazine work of the past three decades. The stories are "classical" in the sense that they avoid trendy experimentation: There isn't a trace of Minimalism, Metafiction or Magic Realism. Brodkey's subject is the "Sturm und Drang" of human relationships, especially sexual relationships. Acutely sensitive, intensely analytical, he writes with "the authority of being on one's knees in front of the event". No matter what the situation, the narrative voice is invariably eloquent and intelligent. A masterly collection, this is a "must-have" title for Harold Brodkey collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, placed, and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "April 9, 1989 On a blurry, snowy evening in Chicago, Harold Brodkey. The signature is done vertically, as Brodkey often did almost as a trademark. Brodkey also underlined his signature three times and wistfully drew an April, spring-time tree at the bottom of the page. Chicago is known to have snow well into late spring. Brodkey's inscription/drawing on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen, a copy for true collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for more than twenty years and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many copies available online have major flaws, are price-clipped or remainder-marked. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. "First Love and Other Stories" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical titles of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BRODKEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394506995. $150.00

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