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Strout, Elizabeth. THE BURGESS BOYS. New York City, NY: Random House, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. "Autographed Copy" round white sticker pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elizabeth Strout's "The Burgess Boys". A gem that will be regarded as a climactic achievement in her career. "With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers" (Publisher's blurb). Elizabeth Strout began publishing very late in life. She was a lawyer for many "utterly miserable" years before she finally decided, "No more law! I would rather fail miserably in life as a writer than be successful as a lawyer" (Elizabeth Strout). As such, she is a "mature" writer, the only writer worth reading, rather than a "flash-in-the-pan" prodigy although she has been writing all her adult life, her many lawyer years included. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Strout collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (on the day of publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Elizabeth Strout 3.27.13". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. She launched the book in New York City, but did not tour to promote the book (she pre-signed copies instead), making copies signed on the title page scarce. Furthermore, unlike her more recent signatures, it is signed in full instead of slightly abbreviated (although the latter signature is still very clear and legible, unlike most other authors'). Given the significant demand for signed copies of all her books, this is probably what the future holds. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and publication-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. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "Olive Kitteridge". One of the greatest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH STROUT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400067685. $90.00

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