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Beckett, Samuel. DREAM OF FAIR TO MIDDLING WOMEN: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Arcade Publishing, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 241 pages. Fine.

The author's debut novel, posthumously published. Special "Collector's Edition" of 1500 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The Limited Edition sold out shortly after publication and is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Arcade: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on the cover and spine and photographic reproduction of Samuel Beckett neatly pasted in front, as issued. Text by Samuel Beckett. Printed on 100 gsm Chinese Yulong Cream paper, with matching pale blue ribbon marker and decorative pale blue endpapers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in an elegant collectible format, Samuel Beckett's first novel. "A wonderfully savory introduction to the Nobel Prize-winning author. Written in the summer of 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was poor and struggling to make ends meet, the novel offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. Later on, Beckett would call the novel 'the chest into which I threw all my wild thoughts'. When he submitted it to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous, or too risky. It was never published during his lifetime. Youthfully exuberant and visibly influenced by Joyce, 'Dream of Fair To Middling Women' is a work of extraordinary virtuosity. Beckett delights in the wordplay and sheer joy of language that mark his later work. Above all, the story brims with the black humor that, like brief stabs of sunlight, pierces the darkness of his vision" (The New Yorker Magazine). "His writing, in new forms for the novel and drama, of the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Samuel Beckett collectors. This copy is one of the Collector's Edition, indicated as such above the Copyright Page. This edition sold out after publication and is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Collector's Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAMUEL BECKETT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1611453135. $100.00

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