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Doctorow, E. L.. THE MARCH. New York City, NY: Random House, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 363 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's tenth novel. One of the greatest novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with copies signed on a tipped-in page that the publisher distributed to the trade or the Easton Press edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents E. L. Doctorow's "The March". The novel has become controversial because of its graphic depiction of violence and cruelty as well as its underlying "message". Its working title was, after all, "Consuming Fire". Many, if not most, Americans think that while the North won the war, the South has won the peace. The inevitable conclusion one draws from Doctorow's fictional account of "Sherman's March" is that the South won the war and rules the peace, uninterrupted, all the way up to the present. Doctorow contends that all "core American values" are Southern values whereas at every point in time since the Civil War, none of the ideas and values from the North has ever implanted itself in American society (beyond the major cities and among the educated and upper classes). Doctorow has also vehemently insisted that he has written a historical novel, not an allegory (which is what critics have called his book). "Gets into the heads of a remarkable variety of characters, famous or ordinary, making this a grim Civil War Canterbury Tales. Upon reaching the novel's last pages, the reader feels wonder if this nation was ever able to heal after so brutal and personal a conflict" (Publishers Weekly). Doctorow is absolutely right: His novel is not an allegory or a cautionary tale. It is the elegy of a great American writer for his beloved country, for hopes and dreams defeated by fear and hatred. "History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. So to be irreverent to myth, to play with it, let in some light and air, to try to combust it back into history, is to risk being seen as someone who distorts truth" (E. L. Doctorow). A masterpiece. E. L. Doctorow died on July 21, 2015 at the age of 84, an irreplaceable loss. An absolute "must-have" title for E. L. Doctorow collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (three days after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "E. L. Doctorow Oct. 3, 05". It is signed directly on the page itself whereas many copies available online are signed on a tipped-in page, which does not have the same collectible value. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (number line ending in 1 and "First Edition" on the Copyright Page) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Late in life, E. L. Doctorow seldom did public signings, and when he did, limited the number of books he was willing to sign. As a result, his Limited Editions, while highly collectible, are often more widely available than copies of the First Hardcover Editions, which are signed directly on the title page rather than on a tipped-in leaf. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the very first National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for "Ragtime". Winner of the National Book Award in 1986 for "World's Fair". Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Winner of the PEN/Faulkner, and a second National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for "The March". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER E. L. DOCTOROW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375506713. $200.00

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