White, Edmund. HOTEL DE DREAM: A NEW YORK NOVEL. New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. As New/As New.

The author's ninth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Edmund White's beguiling and poetic historical novel: Think Colm Toibin's "The Master" (on Henry James) rather than any of the deadly historical novels by American journalists and ex-politicians. White brilliantly imagines the last days of the literary giant, Stephen Crane, whose masterpiece, "The Red Badge of Courage", is required reading in English literature courses throughout the world. "White portrays the tragic moments of Stephen Crane on his deathbed, wasting away from tuberculosis, dictating a final novel of White's invention, called 'The Painted Boy'. As the writer's last work explores a tale of lust, survival, and love, White simultaneously conjures the true-love affair between Stephen and the woman known as Mrs. Crane. Although they were never legally wed, they called each other husband and wife, and White creates a poignant portrait of their tender relationship. While she ushers him through his final days, the couple are visited by the likes of Joseph Conrad and Henry James. Ultimately, Crane's unfinished manuscript is handed over to James to be polished and completed. Brilliantly researched and aching with life, 'Hotel de Dream' is a testament to love in all its forms" (Publisher's blurb). The finest gay American writer of our time, the author evokes and celebrates the illicit yet genuinely passionate and caring relationship between the once-handsome and dashing Stephen and his beloved Mrs. Crane as a mirror of the only love Edmund White himself believes in, has lived for, and is willing to die for. "The Painted Boy" is about Stephen Crane's encounter with a beautiful boy-prostitute. White regards Crane as the equal of Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, and Thoreau. Unlike these "above-board" (if enigmatic) figures, Crane was an underground character by choice, who regularly visited prostitutes, including Mrs. Cory Crane, a madam who owned a bordello called Hotel de Dream. "One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language" (Dave Eggers). "How would a heterosexual man who had wide human sympathies have responded to male homosexuality if he was confronted with it? How would he have thought of it in an era when homosexuals themselves were groping for explanations for their proclivities?" (Edmund White). A "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060852259. $70.00

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