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Pearlman, Mickey (Editor); Jen, Gish; Miller, Sue; Paley, Grace; Phillips, Jane Anne; Smiley, Jane. LISTEN TO THEIR VOICES: TWENTY INTERVIEWS WITH WOMEN WHO WRITE. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 231 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of interviews. One of the most important collections of literary interviews of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents and gives voice to American women writers at the end of the 20th century. The one art that has produced a significant number of world-class women geniuses, literature can as such be said to be "ahead of the curve" in the arts, which have produced a grimly deterministic preponderance of male talent (it's the natural "mean", as modern science would put it, rather than oppressive social structures that treat women, who now outnumber men, as a minority). "Listens to the voices of women who write. Some, like Grace Paley, Fay Weldon, and Jane Smiley have numerous admirers. Others like Janette Turner Hospital and Jessica Hagedorn are just now achieving recognition. Novelists, short-story writers, poets, and writers of non-fiction talk candidly about childhood, religion, the transformation of memory, and why they chose to write in a particular genre. Their feelings about being classified as 'hyphenated writers' (Chinese- or Japanese-American) are aired as are their reactions to the world of publishing. Here, in conversations that sometimes surprise the speakers themselves, are the most deeply felt concerns and emotions at the heart of the creative process" (Publisher's blurb). "People will sometimes say, Why don't you write more politics? And I have to explain to them that writing about the lives of women is politics. Of course, I didn't know it when I began to write" (Grace Paley). A "must-have" title for Modern First and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in pen on the half-title page by five of the writers: Gish Jen, Sue Miller, Grace Paley, Jane Anne Phillips, and Jane Smiley. All of them signed on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of only two such multi-signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GRACE PALEY, JANE SMILEY, AND JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393034429. $100.00

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