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Munro, Alice. FRIEND OF MY YOUTH. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 278 pages. Fine.

Landmark collection of short stories. Advance Reader's Edition/Limited Edition. The first appearance of the title in any published form. Precedes and should not be confused with both the Canadian and American regular trade editions. Published in a very small and limited print run whose number is not specified. None of the copies was commercially sold to the public. Again, please note that the Advance Reader's Edition precedes the Canadian Edition, and is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Alfred A. Knopf: Regular-sized volume format. Cream softcovers with maroon titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Short stories by Alice Munro. Maroon cardboard slipcase, which is missing in most copies of the edition. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alice Munro's "Friend of My Youth". "Ten miraculously accomplished stories which not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience. Alice Munro's place in the constellation of short story masters, which includes such kindred spirits as Sherwood Anderson, Flannery O'Connor, and William Maxwell, is affirmed and celebrated. In story after story, each so different in content and mood from the next, Munro achieves a consistent and remarkable ease of syntax, delicacy of psychology, and resonance of visual imagery" (Publisher's blurb). Alice Munro is regarded by critics and loyal readers alike as the greatest living writer of the short story in English: "Our Chekhov" (Cynthia Ozick). An absolute "must-have" title for Alice Munro collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Alice Munro. Her publisher has issued several special editions such as this of her books because throughout her long career, Munro made very few public appearances, and is a reluctant signer at best. As such, most of her books are signed on a bookplate, which are much less desirable than copies signed on either the title page or tipped-in page. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Advance Reader's Edition/Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. The slipcase, which is integral to the edition, is intact whereas most copies are missing it, and the book itself is pristine. Its value will not only keep but increase over time. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALICE MUNRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394584422. $300.00

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