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Carson, Anne. THE BEAUTY OF THE HUSBAND: A FICTIONAL ESSAY IN 29 TANGOS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 147 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's poetic account on subject. One of the most beautiful literary texts of our time. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Anne Carson's "The Beauty of The Husband", one of the most lyrical works on the relation between beauty and truth. Written as a book-length sequence, it is an essayistic and novelistic meditation/story inspired by John Keats' famous line that "beauty is truth/truth, beauty", as incarnated by a handsome husband/stud. One of Anne Carson's greatest creations, he is a hopelessly compulsive liar (he lies even when it is not convenient to do so) and is grossly unfaithful to his wife and lovers. "Her exquisite, intelligent, and highly original poems put her in the first rank of world poets. She explores her ambiguous feelings toward a difficult but intriguing marriage. Each poem begins with a short quote from John Keats, whose idea that 'beauty is truth' is the thread holding together a relationship with a man addicted to lying and philandering. A scoundrel, the husband is redeemed and forgiven almost everything because of his beauty. There is a daring quality to Carson's work, a startling vision and perspective that will not be judged by normal standards. By penetrating to the core of a relationship, Carson stands convention on its head and finds the light that pain brings" (Mark Frutkin). "Carson is a wisdom writer" (Harold Bloom). "The most exciting poet writing in English today" (Michael Ondaatje). "Rotate the husband and expose a hidden side/words are a strange docile wheat are they not, they bend/to the ground" (Anne Carson). An absolute "must-have" title for Anne Carson collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed (initialled, as is her custom), and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Respectfully, A C 2001". Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which her performance and signing were held. Anne Carson rarely makes public appearances/signings, making signed copies of her books quite scarce. This title is now highly collectible. 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. If truth be told, we have not seen a more beautiful copy. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living poet/writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNE CARSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375408045. $100.00

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