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Baxter, Charles. SHADOW PLAY. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 399 pages. Fine. Signed.

The author's second novel. Advance Reader's Edition. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. A handsome production by W. W. Norton: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Unlike most Advance Reader's Editions, the production is full-sized, like a regular hardcover. Text by Charles Baxter. Without DJ, as issued. "We have the satisfaction of having been immersed in a beautifully rendered and fully imagined world" (The New York Times Book Review). Charles Baxter has been heaped with praise, from being "our John Cheever" to "the ultimate writer's writer". "Shadow Play" has been called the twentysomething's "Catcher In the Rye": "What Salinger was to me at 16, Baxter is at 29. A mature examination of an adult's life in an ordinary town, written in an extraordinary fashion". "In his quiet cosmic wonderment, Baxter is the equal of John Updike and Anne Tyler at their largest and best" (John Berendt). A masterly achievement. A "must-have" title for Charles Baxter collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Charles Baxter. This Advance Reader's Edition was not sold commercially and had a small and limited print run. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time. This copy is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Guggenheim Foundation Grant and the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Writer's Award. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2000 for "Feast of Love". One of the finest American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHARLES BAXTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393034372. $50.00

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