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DeLillo, Don. THE BODY ARTIST. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 124 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's twelfth 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Don DeLillo's "The Body Artist". Immediately after his monumental "Underworld", an exquisite and spare erotic novella. "Focusses on the relation between Eros and Thanatos, with the writer's inimitable keenness of insight and observation. At this stage of his career, a slender book is nothing less than an adventure for the capacious DeLillo. So is his willingness to risk sentimentality, to immerse us in personal rather than national traumas. A real, raw accomplishment" (James Marcus). Singled out by Susan Sontag (in "Where The Stress Falls") as DeLillo's most perfect achievement, joining the small shelf of American masterpiece-novellas that include Glenway Wescott's "The Pilgrim Hawk" (1940), Elizabeth Hardwick's "Sleepless Nights" (1979), and Rachel Ingalls' "Mrs. Caliban" (1982). Less is often, if not always, more. An absolute "must-have" title for Don DeLillo collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Don DeLillo. 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. This is one of very few such 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. Please note: DeLillo seldom does public signings, and limits the number of books he signs when he does. Signed copies of his books are usually available from the publisher, pre-signed on a tipped-in page, which does not have the same collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by the literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize in 1999, the first American writer to be so honored, among numerous other literary prizes. "Underworld" was selected as the second most important work of American fiction of the last 25 years by The New York Times panel of writers, editors, and critics. "Libra" and "White Noise" were included in the Top 20 list. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DON DELILLO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 074320395X. $150.00

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