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Naipaul, V. S. . A TURN IN THE SOUTH. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 307 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's account on subject. One of V. S. Naipaul's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. It should not be confused with the Franklin Mint Edition either, which is signed on a tipped-in page. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents V. S. Naipaul's account of his travels throughout the American South. A subject that has defied understanding, Naipaul refuses to give up. By the end of his patient book, the modest title, "A Turn In The South", sounds about right, and the South turns out to be the ideal subject for Naipaul's celebrated approach: Disinterested observation, feline curiosity, an open mind, and persistent determination to comprehend and understand (for Naipaul, to travel is to know; travel is a form of knowledge). That Naipaul depicts the American South as a vague yet powerful - powerful because it is vague - myth is not weakness on the book's part but its strength. Naipaul is unwilling to give his account the kind of "no-loose-ends" shape and conclusive purpose readers expect because these undermine the mythical that, for him, is the South's essential character. "The greatest writer of English prose" (London Observer). Bar none. A "must-have" title for V. S. Naipaul completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by V. S. Naipaul. Naipaul's specimen-signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Signed Naipauls are rare. He has always been an elusive and reluctant signer; most signed copies of his books are of the Limited Editions (on a tipped-in page). Signed copies of the regular First Editions (on the title page) are actually much more scarce than the former. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971 for "In A Free State". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394564774. $150.00

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