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Hardwick, Elizabeth. SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. New York City, NY: Random House, 1979. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 151 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's third novel. One of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. 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, after a long hiatus, Elizabeth Hardwick's third novel, "Sleepless Nights". A novella-length novel, it is elusive, impressionistic, and complex, written in Hardwick's exquisite prose style. One of its stunning set pieces is a remembrance-account of an encounter with the great jazz singer/icon Billie Holiday. "Intelligent, lyrical, and partly autobiographical, 'Sleepless Nights' is a scrapbook of memories: The first pangs of sexual longing, Billie Holiday holding forth in a cheap hotel, and the swagger and heartbreak of New York City. Elegant, wise, tasty. A truly wonderful book" (Susan Sontag). Which continues to mesmerize and inspire, thirty-six years later: The much-in-demand, brilliant young American composer David Felsenfeld (who was a little boy when the book first came out in 1979) adapted it for his piece, "Sleepless Nights", first performed on June 25, 2015 by the singers Ariadne Greif and Kacey Cardin with the Nouveau Classical Project Ensemble. A masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Hardwick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "To Cathy, may her work and life be good. Love, Elizabeth". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This is a unique and moving inscription: The recipient is not just unmistakably known but is actually close to the author. Hardwick's handwriting is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Clean, flowing, and elegant, every single word legible, unlike the chicken scratch most authors now have with the demise of writing in long hand. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (crease of DJ flap), is still in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Random House indicated its First Editions with the statement and a number line that began with the Number 2. It did not adopt the Number 1 until recently (around 2004/2005), and even then, on a very inconsistent basis. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH HARDWICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394505271. $200.00

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