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Proulx, Annie. BIRD CLOUD: A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 235 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut memoir. One of the best literary memoirs of our time. 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 Annie Proulx's "Bird Cloud". Her luminous first (and according to her) only memoir. It centers around Proulx's efforts to build her "dream home" in the Western landscape she has written about so evocatively. "Home" is a very complicated idea for Proulx, and it underlies nothing less than her entire body of work. "While she was growing up in New England, not only did her family move constantly, her father attempted to escape his French-Canadian heritage, identifying instead with his wife's Colonial-Anglo family. Proulx's own love of the wilderness propelled her all across the country until Wyoming became her passion and muse. Writing with her signature precision, candor, and drama, Proulx chronicles extreme construction debacles, epic snowstorms, and magnificent wildlife. She also offers glimpses into her writing life, which involves ardent book research and daunting expeditions. Proulx meshes her story with the heart-breaking history of Wyoming itself, a tale of exploitation, lies, horrendous crimes against Native Americans, and the mad massacre of eagles, elks, bison, and wolves. With a scientist's exactitude, an artist's attunement to beauty, and a storyteller's enchantment, Proulx takes us through the building of a home, intimacy with place, and reclamation of the past" (Booklist). "A fine evocation of place that becomes a meditation on the importance of a home, however harsh and evanescent" (Publishers Weekly). As such, "Bird Cloud" is the book-length companion volume to her three great collections of "Wyoming" stories. An absolute "must-have" title for Annie Proulx collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Annie Proulx. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. Proulx made a rare appearance, in New York City, to launch the book during which event her signature was obtained. 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: Annie Proulx's signature is TINY. Unlike many other copies available online, it is not remainder-marked. Many copies online also have all kinds of other flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for "Postcards". Winner of the National Book Award (in 1993) and the Pulitzer Prize (in 1994) for "The Shipping News". One of the finest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743288807. $70.00

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