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Hadley, Tessa. THE PAST. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 315 pages. As New/As New.

The author's sixth novel. One of Tessa Hadley's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Tessa Hadley's "The Past". "Brilliantly evokes a brewing storm of lust and envy, the indelible connections of memory and affection, the fierce, nostalgic beauty of the natural world, and the shifting currents of history running beneath the surface of these seemingly steady lives. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and scope that showcases this major writer's extraordinary talents" (Publisher's blurb). "I find Tessa Hadley's work genuinely helpful, especially when it comes to the big subjects: Love and marriage, the political versus the personal, children, friendship. And then there are the sentences themselves, so precise and beautiful, often sly, sometimes devastating, always expertly paced. Few writers give me such consistent pleasure" (Zadie Smith). For many years now, the fortunate readers of The New Yorker Magazine, her most ardent American champion, have enjoyed and been enriched by Tessa Hadley's writing. Yes, she is a dependable writer of impeccable sentences who "gives the mundane its beautiful due", in John Updike's memorable line. But she is much more than a brilliant stylist (or the great Henry James scholar/critic that she also happens to be). She is nothing less than one of the best living writers in the English language, who has a devoted readership and deserves the wider recognition that "The Past" should presently give. An absolute "must-have" title for Tessa Hadley collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Tessa Hadley 16th January 2016 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of her debut appearance at 92nd Street Y New York during which event her signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First American 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 British writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0062270419. $50.00

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