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Anderson, Paul. HUNGER'S BRIDES: A NOVEL OF THE BAROQUE. New York City, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1360 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most ambitious historical novels ever written in the English language. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Paul Anderson's audacious, Wagnerian achievement of a novel. Clocking in at 1360 pages and weighing 5.5 pounds, the novel understandably took Paul Anderson twelve years to write, a labor of love, ardor, and devotion. By comparison, our text descriptions are aphoristically brief. The subject is Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and her cloistered, inner-directed life, which begs the question: How is it possible for a woman in then-backward Mexico to become the greatest writer in Spanish of her time? Was she, like the Biblical prophets, inspired by God? Instead of narrating her story straight-through, Anderson interweaves a contemporary one that mirrors Sor Juana's in its carnal/spiritual duality and interior drama. It is Anderson's kaleidoscopic way of divining a very complex Baroque figure who has also intrigued and influenced such modern giants as Octavio Paz, Robert Graves, Diane Ackerman, and Eduardo Galeano. "On a frigid winter's night, a man escapes from an apartment in which a young woman lies bleeding. In his hands he clutches a box he has found there. He is Donald Gregory, a once-respected college professor and serial adulterer, whose last affair has left his career in ruins. She is Beulah Limosneros, one of his students and for a brief time his lover. She had disappeared into Mexico two years earlier, following her obsession with Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Based on the life of one of literature's most compelling figures, Paul Anderson's astonishing debut unveils a great poet's withdrawal from the world who at the height of her creative powers signs a vow of contrition in her own blood" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Paul Anderson and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Paul Anderson. He also crossed out his printed name. This title is now a cult classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0786715413. $100.00

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