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Franzen, Jonathan. THE TWENTY-SEVENTH CITY. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 517 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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 Jonathan Franzen's first novel. The twenty-seventh biggest American city, St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief, a charismatic young woman from Bombay named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, "The Twenty-Seventh City" shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy. The novel received rare praise from a great Poet Laureate: "Few novels I have read combine the personal life and that of the city with such keenness and skill" (Howard Nemerov). An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Franzen collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Jonathan Franzen 10.5.13 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of relatively 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: Many copies available online have major flaws yet command as much as $750. This is a lovely and accessible alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century", a selection that was prescient because he had not written anything in almost a decade. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Corrections". One of the finest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN FRANZEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374279721. $150.00

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