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Johnson, Denis. ANGELS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 209 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. Review Copy. Review Materials laid-in. 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 rare. Presents Denis Johnson's "Angels", his first novel. Johnson had published three poetry collections ("The Incognito Lounge", "Inner Weather", and "The Man Among The Seals") before turning to the novel form. It does not take a lot of effort to realize that all of his novels are metaphors for the darker (and no less authentic) side of the American Dream, beautifully realized in this auspicious "road journey" of a novel, and in his two greatest works, "Jesus' Son" and "Tree of Smoke". "Suggests a brilliant mixture of William Blake and James M. Cain. Established Denis Johnson as a major talent in American fiction. Jamie Mays and Bill Houston meet on a Greyhound bus. She is fleeing an unfaithful husband and lugging two travel-stained children. He is on the rebound from stints in jail and the navy and looking for high old times. Together, they make an aimless tour of bus stations and cheap hotels from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, their momentum fueled by booze, rage, and corrosive need, their journey a trajectory that leads inexorably to a moment of shattering violence" (Publisher's blurb). "A small masterpiece. Prose of amazing power and stylishness" (Philip Roth). An absolute "must-have" title for Denis Johnson collectors. This is a Review Copy, and it is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Denis Johnson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Johnson's signature is vintage, not recent. The Review Materials are laid-in. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such 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: Most copies available online have major flaws or are remainder-marked. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 2007 and Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "Tree of Smoke". Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son" was selected by the panel of New York Times writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 most important works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the greatest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENIS JOHNSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394532252. $300.00

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