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Salzman, Mark. LOST IN PLACE: GROWING UP ABSURD IN SUBURBIA. New York City, NY: Random House, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 269 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's memoir on childhood. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Mark Salzman's enchanting and poignant account of his atypical childhood. "Looks back to his tortured youth with self-deprecating humor and wistful fondness. The oldest child in a middle-class household in Connecticut, the son of a piano teacher and a social worker, by age six the author was an eccentric with enormous aspirations - none of them ever fulfilled - who stood out not only from his more conventional parents, brother, and sister, but from everyone else in his suburban neighborhood. A hilarious memoir in the tradition of Russell Baker's 'Growing Up' " (Publisher's blurb). Salzman's now-considerable body of work has two underlying themes: The meaning of self-education, which involves the give-and-take between a great teacher and a brilliant protege, and the persistence of hope despite the possibility that not all of one's dreams may ever be fulfilled. A "must-have" title for Mark Salzman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the month and year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Aug 30 1995 Mark Salzman". This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online have serious flaws. Please note: Random House "true first" indications in the 20th century are "First Edition" followed by a number line that begins with 2 (instead of 1), a practice that the publisher did not change until the mid-2000's, and on a very inconsistent basis at that. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for "Iron & Silk". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK SALZMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679439455. $40.00

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