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Poe, Edgar Allan; James, Henry; Wharton, Edith; Cather, Willa; Fitzgerald, F. Scott & Others. AMERICAN FANTASTIC TALES: TERROR AND THE UNCANNY FROM POE TO THE PULPS. New York City, NY: Library Of America, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 750 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of short stories. The First Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition for distribution to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. An austerely elegant production: Regular-sized volume format. Text by some of the greatest American writers. Edited and annotated by Peter Straub. Cream hard board slipcase. Printed to absolutely the highest standards on acid-free paper, utilizing sewn binding, closely woven rayon cloth boards, satin bound-in ribbon marker, and a page layout that is both readable and elegant. The book is guaranteed to last for several generations of readers and collectors (despite frequent and regular use, the estimated life span of Library of America Editions is 1000 years; un-used, they will last forever). Without DJ, as issued. Presents Volume One of the two-volume collection (published individually as "stand-alones"). "Offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight. Surveys a century and a half of American fantastic storytelling, revealing in its 44 stories an array of recurring themes: Trance states, sleepwalking, mesmerism, obsession, possession, madness, exotic curses, evil atmospheres" (Publisher's blurb). "A stupendous, spellbinding reading experience waiting to be had" (Jonathan Lethem). An absolute "must-have" edition for American literature collectors. This edition remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now collectible in its own right. The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Slipcased Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Some of the greatest American writers of all time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIBRARY OF AMERICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 159853047X. $100.00

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