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Johnson, Denis. THE NAME OF THE WORLD. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 130 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth novel and seventh work of fiction. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition in its Limited Edition format. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run whose limitation is not stated by the publisher. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Denis Johnson's "The Name of The World". "A beautiful, haunting, and darkly comic novel. A mesmerizing portrait of a professor at a Midwestern university who has been patient in his grief after an accident takes the lives of his wife and child and has permitted that grief to enlarge him. Michael Reed is living a posthumous life. In spite of outward appearances - he holds a respectable university teaching position; he is an articulate and attractive addition to local social life - he's a dead man walking. Nothing can touch Reed, nothing can move him although he observes with a mordant clarity the lives whirling vigorously around him. Elegant and incisively observed, Johnson at his best: Poignant yet unsentimental, replete with the visionary imaginative detail for which his work is known" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Denis Johnson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Denis Johnson. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few 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. A scarce 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENIS JOHNSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060192488. $40.00

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