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Hagedorn, Jessica. TOXICOLOGY. New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 225 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fourth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Jessica Hagedorn's fourth novel, her most ambitious since "Dogeaters". "Keenly alert to the mesh of pop culture and life, audacious, multi-talented Hagedorn investigates New York's art and film mystique in an edgy, speedy tale that launches with the shocking death of a Heath Ledger-like actor. Out of jump cuts and close-ups, Hagedorn has composed a jazzy, stingingly smart tragicomedy of toxic substances, hate, and delusions; hustle and creativity; obsession and passion" (Booklist). In a celebrated New Yorker Magazine review, Jessica Hagedorn was praised by the late John Updike, the most influential reviewer/critic in America of his time, as one of the most brilliant writers of her generation. Harold Bloom, the greatest living literary critic, weighed in and wrote that "Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between cultures. She takes aim at racism in the United States and develops in her dramas the themes of displacement and the search for belonging". A "must-have" title for Jessica Hagedorn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jessica Hagedorn. Her signature is clean, flowing, and elegant. 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. Finalist for the National Book Award in 1990 for "Dogeaters". Voted the "Best Book of The Year" by the Before Columbus Foundation. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670022578. $50.00

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