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Hempel, Amy (Author) & Moody, Rick (Contributor). THE COLLECTED STORIES OF AMY HEMPEL. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 410 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Amy Hempel's "Collected Stories". All of her canonical stories, culled from four previous collections: "Reasons To Live" (1985), "At The Gates of The Animal Kingdom" (1990), "Tumble Home" (1997), and "The Dog of The Marriage" (2005). The Introductory Essay, "On Amy Hempel", by novelist Rick Moody, appears in this edition only. "Gathers together the complete work of a writer whose voice is as singular and astonishing as any in American fiction. Hempel, fiercely admired by fellow writers and reviewers, has a sterling reputation that is based on four collections of stories: Roughly fifteen thousand stunning sentences, written over a period of three decades. These are stories about people who make choices that seem inevitable, whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience. With compassion, wit, and the acutest eye, Hempel observes the marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation in an uneasy America. A pitch-perfect voice in fiction and an unsettling assessment of the culture" (Publisher's blurb). "The leap in mastery, in seriousness, and sheer literary purpose is inspiring to behold" (Rick Moody). The literary critic Alan Cheuse famously described "San Francisco" (from "Reasons To Live") as "arguably, the finest short story composed by any living writer". Very few writers deserve the appellation "writer's writer" as Amy Hempel does. This rich and deeply rewarding collection shows why. An absolute "must-have" title for Amy Hempel collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Amy Hempel. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great book. 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: Most copies available online have serious flaws, are remainder-marked, or are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0743289463. $150.00

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