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Vidal, Gore. CREATION: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Random House, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 510 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's seventeenth novel. One of Gore Vidal's finest achievements. Limited Slipcased Edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The Limited Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition, and is now very scarce. An austerely elegant production by Random House: Regular-sized volume format. Brown cloth boards with the author's name embossed on the cover and gilt titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by Gore Vidal. Matching brown hard board slipcase. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its most collectible format, Gore Vidal's single most ambitious exploration of the historical novel. Unlike his multi-novel cycle on American history and politics, which is comparatively much closer to home and our time, "Creation" harks back to the Fifth Century BC, "perhaps the most spectacular period in the history of Mankind: The age of the Persian kings Darius and Xerxes, the time of Buddha, Confucius, Herodotus, Anaxagoras, Socrates, Pericles, and of the first explorations of the universe. It makes alive the ancient world in which so many of our modern world's ideas, spiritual, philosophical, political, and scientific, were conceived" (Publisher's blurb). Through vividly drawn characters and events, Vidal encompasses an entire age, and starting with his title, has written a literary account about what it means not just to be creative, innovative, or imaginative ("creativity") but to be a creator, a much greater thing to be. As he liked to point out, it's the difference between "culture" and "civilization". Gore Vidal died on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86, the last of the great American public intellectual/writers of our time. Since we live in the Age of Mediocrity, his novel is a timely and necessary reminder that every age must have an idea of greatness in order to survive and endure. Selected by Anthony Burgess as one of "Ninety-Nine Novels of The 20th Century Since 1939", this is an absolute "must-have" title for Gore Vidal collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Gore Vidal. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Recipient of the National Book Award's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters". One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394500156. $250.00

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