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Morrison, Toni. A MERCY: A NOVEL. London, England: Chatto & Windus, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 165 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's ninth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. It should also not be confused with abundant copies signed on a bookplate, which Toni Morrison did for both the British and American Editions. The American Edition is lovely, but the British is even better in terms of production values: Maroon cloth boards, thick uncoated stock paper, and a DJ design that brilliantly utilizes two evocative photographs by Marcus Lyon. Presents Toni Morrsion's "A Mercy", her prequel to "Beloved". Morrison's novel is spare (just as "Love" was before, "Home" and "God Help The Child" after it), the work of a novelist who has arrived at the highest level of her art: Poetic compression of the novel, a sprawling narrative form. "In just 167 pages, shorter than her first novel, 'The Bluest Eye' (1970), Morrison, who has written so powerfully of catastrophe, cruelty, and horror, adds to the song of tragedy equally thrilling chords of desire and wonder, which in their own way are no less tragic. Whereas 'Beloved' ends with the cathartic exhaustion of an exorcism, 'A Mercy' concludes with an ambiguous kind of prayer, redolent with possibility and yearning, but inspired by despair. A welding of poetry and history and psychological acuity" (The Washington Post). An absolute "must-have" title for Toni Morrison collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Toni Morrison. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a bookplate, as many other copies available online are. Morrison's signature is clean and elegant, not rushed or indecipherable, as are some signed copies we have seen. 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. Please note: This British First Edition is the true first, preceding the American by several weeks. Signed Toni Morrisons escalate in value rapidly and this will be no exception. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Toni Morrison's "Beloved" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, editors, and critics as the most important work of American fiction of the last 25 years. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2012. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TONI MORRISON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0701180455. $150.00

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