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Mendelsohn, Daniel. WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS: ESSAYS FROM THE CLASSICS TO POP CULTURE. New York City, NY: New York Review Of Books, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New/As New.

The author's second collection of critical essays. One of Daniel Mendelsohn's finest achievements. 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. Presents Daniel Mendelsohn's follow-up to his ground-breaking "How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken" (2008) . Mendelsohn knows how to come up with great titles; "Waiting for The Barbarians" is ironic, referring to one of his specialties, Classical literature, and to its barbaric adaptation by modern sensibilities (such as, but not necessarily limited to, Hollywood movies) . "Brings together twenty-four of his essays, each one glinting with verve and sparkle, acumen and passion, on a wide range of subjects, from 'Avatar' to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the 'Titanic' to Susan Sontag's 'Journals'. Trained as a Classicist, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the 'Spider-Man' musical, Anne Carson's translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles, none more explosively controversial than his dissection of 'Mad Men' " (Publisher's blurb) . Written in effortless, impeccable prose with a paradoxical mix of wit and ardor, this is a "must-have" title for Daniel Mendelsohn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Daniel Mendelsohn. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2007 for "The Lost". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DANIEL MENDELSOHN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590176073. $70.00

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