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White, Edmund. THE FLANEUR: A STROLL THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF PARIS. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 215 pages. As New/As New.

Book-length account on subject. The author's second book on Paris, preceded by "Our Paris". One of Edmund White's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. A surprise bestseller, the book remains available in multiple subsequent printings. The First Edition is now rare. Presents, in an elegant little volume, Edmund White's "The Flaneur". "A flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through city streets in search of adventure and fulfillment. Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians. In the hands of the learned White, a walk through Paris is both a tour of its lush, sometimes prurient history, and an evocation of the city's spirit. Leads us to bookshops and boutiques, monuments and palaces, giving us a glimpse into the inner human drama. Along the way we learn everything from the latest debates among French lawmakers to the juicy details of Colette's life" (Publisher's blurb). "One has the impression of having fallen into the hands of a highly distractible, somewhat eccentric poet and professor who is determined to show you a Paris you wouldn't otherwise see. Tells such a good story that I'm ready to listen to anything he wants to talk about" (The New York Times). An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Hardcover Ediiton/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are subsequent printings. 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 1582341354. $150.00

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