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White, Edmund. A BOY'S OWN STORY: THE MODERN LIBRARY COMMEMORATIVE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. New York City, NY: The Modern Library, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's third novel. One of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. The Modern Library Commemorative Edition in its First Edition Thus/First Printing. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition Thus is now scarce. Re-presents, in an elegant Modern Library format, Edmund White's "A Boy's Own Story". The Modern Library reissues, in a uniform-format production, novels and other literary works that it considers "must-read" modern classics. As a continuing Series, it has a loyal following and is eminently collectible. This 20th-Anniversary Edition of "A Boy's Own Story" appears with a new Introduction by Allan Gurganus, which describes the seminal influence of Edmund White's novel on contemporary American literature. Edmund White himself has also contributed an Afterword. Both essays were written for and appear in this edition only. The first volume in a trilogy on gay American life, "A Boy's Own Story" was followed by "The Beautiful Room is Empty" and concluded with "The Farewell Symphony". A "coming-out" novel, it has been copied, but never matched much less surpassed, by what are now whole shelves of gay American literature. "With 'A Boy's Own Story', American literature is larger by one classic novel. No reader, straight or gay, can fail to experience shock after shock of recognition in these pages, and few will be able to withhold a one-to-one sympathy from the unnamed narrator" (The Modern Library). One of the most important 20th-century novels ever written, it deserves to be read by all lovers of literature. An absolute "must-have" edition for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "All my best, Edmund White". The recipient is named. This edition of a great book remains available in multiple subsequent printings, is White's single most collectible title, and is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Modern Library Commemorative Edition First Edition Thus/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679642544. $150.00

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