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Winterson, Jeanette; Toibin, Colm; Barry, Sebastian; Smith, Alexander McCall; Warner, Marina; Others. MIDSUMMER NIGHTS. London, England: Quercus, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 350 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark collection of short stories and tales inspired by great operas. One of the most beautiful and most inspired literary collaborations of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition comes with a red bellyband, which is missing in all other editions. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Published on the occasion of The Glyndebourne Festival's 75th Anniversary in 2009. Presents "Midsummer Nights", a loving tribute to opera, the greatest musical form ever invented by Man, by some of the most esteemed living British writers, who are also committed opera lovers (critical theorists, pop music, and Broadway aficionados need not apply). In 2009, The Glyndebourne Festival of Opera, the world's greatest summer opera festival (hence the book's title), celebrated its 75th year. Jeanette Winterson brought together fellow writers to contribute original stories inspired by the music, which for these writers, is The Other Muse. In addition to her considerable editorial duties, the indefatigable Winterson also wrote a piece inspired by Puccini's "La Fanciulla Del West". Her Introduction is followed by, among others, Alexander McCall Smith, story inspired by "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Ali Smith, "Fidelio"; Andrew Motion, "Peter Grimes"; Andrew O'Hagan, "Eugene Onegin"; Anne Enright, "Rusalka" ; Colm Toibin, "The Pearl Fishers"; Jackie Kay, "The Makropoulos Case"; Joanna Trollope, "L'Elisir d'Amore"; John Mortimer, "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Julie Myerson, "The Coronation of Poppaea"; Kate Atkinson, "La Traviata"; Kate Mosse, "Pelleas et Melisande"; Lynne Truss, "The Turn of The Screw"; Marina Warner, "Dido and Aeneas"; Ruth Rendell, "Theodora"; Sebastian Barry, "Natoma"; and Toby Litt, "Don Giovanni". A "must-have" title for Modern First, contemporary literature, and opera lover/collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jeanette Winterson. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed on their Contributions by most of the contributors: Jackie Kay, Sebastian Barry, Kate Atkinson (who also dated it very shortly after publication, "15.8.09"), Joanna Trollope, Colm Toibin, Anne Enright, Andrew O'Hagan, Antonia Fraser, Andrew Motion, Marina Warner, and Alexander McCall Smith. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few multi-signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Of the copies available online, this has the most number of signatures. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the world's finest living writers on the some of the greatest operas of all time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1847248047. $200.00

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