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Dyer, Geoff. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION: SELECTED ESSAYS AND REVIEWS. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2011. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 425 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most significant literary achievements of our time. The first appearance of the essays in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The pieces appeared previously in separate volumes in the United Kingdom, all of which are now scarce as First Editions. Presents in a 425-page compendium-volume Geoff Dyer's finest and most representative essays. Written over a crucial twenty-year period (1989-2010), they appear in book form in the United States for the very first time. Dyer's large following as a novelist should be enhanced by these elegant and uber-intelligent essays, which are as riveting as his well-known novels. Criticism is a creative act, not just an intellectual one, for the simple reason that it engages every aspect of one's being (mind, body, feeling, senses). Western culture's fixation with storytelling (the novel in particular) has consigned even the greatest critics to second-tier status as writers and literary artists (third-tier if one considers poetry to be the highest achievement). Geoff Dyer has almost single-handedly kept the art of the essay alive and well in our Age of Academe, which has inflicted what may be the final death-blow to the form. "Possibly the best living writer in Britain" (The Daily Telegraph). A "must-have" edition for Geoff Dyer collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Geoff Dyer. This title will become a classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GEOFF DYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1555975798. $60.00

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