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Munro, Alice. HATESHIP, FRIENDSHIP, COURTSHIP, LOVESHIP, MARRIAGE. Toronto, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 323 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Alice Munro collectible set. A rare signed copy of "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" with a rare copy of The New Yorker Magazine Millennial December 27, 1999/January 3, 2000 Issue. One of Alice Munro's greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Alice Munro's tenth collection of short stories. Nine luminous pieces in which "men and women are subtly revealed. Personal histories, both complex and simple, unfold in rich detail of circumstance and feeling" (Publisher's blurb). The final story, "The Bear Came Over The Mountain", first appeared in The New Yorker Magazine Millennial Holiday Issue, was subsequently turned into a very fine film (entitled "Away From Her") by Sarah Polley. To celebrate Alice Munro's Nobel Prize win, it was published by The New Yorker in its entirety again (it's a novella-length story, taking up a third of the Issue, an unmistakable sign of The New Yorker's commitment to Munro in particular and its great writer-contributors in general) for its October 21, 2013 Issue. "A stunningly precise writer who is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion, and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity, indeed redemption, since she shows how much of The Extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" set for Alice Munro collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Alice Munro. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. It comes with a rare copy of The New Yorker Magazine Millennial Holiday Issue, in which the collection's "summing-up" story, "The Bear Came Over The Mountain", originally appeared. 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. 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 subsequent printings or have serious flaws. 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 0771065256. $600.00

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