Franzen, Jonathan. FREEDOM. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 562 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. Limited Slipcased Edition. The First Hardcover Edition, issued as a Powell's "Indiespensable" selection. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition and copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a very small and limited print run as an "Indispensable" title whose limitation is not stated. Unlike all of its previous releases in the Series, each copy was signed by Jonathan Franzen on the title page, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, and laid into an elegant green cloth slipcase with white titles embossed on one side and the spine. The "Indiespensable" Limited Edition is now rare. Presents Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom". His first novel since "The Corrections" (2001) more than ten years ago. The great novelist Charles Baxter has observed that Jonathan Franzen is writing as if literary Modernism and Post-Modernism never happened, that his predecessor-models are Saul Bellow/contemporary realism on the one hand and Leo Tolstoy/the grand 19th-century novel on the other. While sometimes over-reaching, the praise lavished upon Franzen is still well-deserved. His novel describes, brilliantly, bitingly, and in a way that none of his contemporaries has, how the abstract idea called Freedom (a religious belief every American holds regardless of political persuasion) and the concrete freedoms every American feels entitled to (pretty much every modern entitlement: Sex and love, happiness and fulfillment, success, wealth, fame, power) permeate American society for good, not-so-good, and bad. In Franzen's worldview, a correction is long-overdue. An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Franzen collectors. This copy of the Powell's "Indiespensable" Limited Slipcased Edition is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Jonathan Franzen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $400. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century", a selection that was prescient because he had not written anything in almost a decade. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Corrections". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN FRANZEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374158460. $100.00

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