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Kincaid, Jamaica. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 82 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the greatest short story collections of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Jamaica's Kincaid's spectacular debut and masterpiece: A collection of deceptively simple short stories that evoke and recreate childhood in a way that is alive, febrile, and true. "My astonishment has not gone with the morning dew. I am not talking about some benediction of luck and grace that is being paid simply because of geography and history. I am talking about that soft succession of 'yeses' that we silently give to what Hemingway called 'the true sentence' " (Derek Walcott). "More thrilling than any prose I've read in the last few years by a writer from this continent" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Jamaica Kincaid collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jamaica Kincaid. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a modern 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. Beware: Most copies available online are either remainder-marked, have serious flaws (price-clipped, wear, rubbing, soiling, staining, you name it), or are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMAICA KINCAID TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374106606. $150.00

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