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Jones, Edward P. . ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN: STORIES. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 299 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second collection of short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edward P. Jones' second short story collection. It mines and further expands the themes of his sensational debut, "Lost In The City" (1992). Jones is not a prolific writer at all - he is instead a "slow" writer, who will not be rushed - this being his third book, a sequel-of-sorts thematically to his first collection published fifteen years ago. "Encompass the entire 20th century and a wide range of experiences and perspectives, from a man who has kept the secret of his adultery for 45 years to another whose most difficult task on leaving prison is having dinner with his brother's family. Jones presents characters who have been away from the South long enough to mourn the loss of values and connections they traded for the failed promise of urban success, but he also portrays the nation's capital as a place of potential redemption, where small curses and small miracles intertwine, and where shifting communities and connections can literally save one's life" (Publishers blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward P. Jones collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edward P. Jones. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. As is his custom, Jones also underlined his signature for emphasis. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary 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. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of PEN/Hemingway Award in 1992 for "Lost In The City: Stories". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003 for "The Known World". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2004. "The Known World" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD P. JONES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060557567. $70.00

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