Wood, James. THE FUN STUFF. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 342 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third collection of literary essays. One of the most important literary collections of our time. 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 James Wood's "The Fun Stuff". "Confirms Wood's preeminence not only as a discerning judge, but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches that range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leon Tolstoy, Edmund Wilson, and Mikhail Lermontov, Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel. He effortlessly connects his encyclopedic, passionate understanding of the literary canon with an equally in-depth analysis of the most important authors writing today, including Cormac McCarthy, Lydia Davis, Aleksandar Hemon, and Michel Houellebecq. Included are the title essay on Keith Moon and the essay on George Orwell. Indispensable reading for anyone who cares about contemporary literature" (Publisher's blurb). "He proves that superior criticism not only unifies and interprets a literary culture but has the power to imagine it into being" (Cynthia Ozick). An absolute "must-have" title for James Wood collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "James Wood November 26th 2012". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes with another pristine copy of the First Hardcover Edition (not signed) for reading purposes. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living literary critics. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374159564. $100.00

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