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Pearlman, Edith (Author) & Patchett, Ann (Contributor). BINOCULAR VISION: NEW & SELECTED STORIES. Wilmington, North Carolina: Lookout Press/University of North Carolina, 2011. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 375 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest short-story collections of our time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition does NOT have the NBA Award and all other seals that subsequent printings do. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by the Lookout Press: Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Edith Pearlman. Publisher's original 4 X 6 inch Souvenir/Promotional Postcard laid-in. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Edith Pearlman's "Binocular Vision". Her finest and most representative short stories, including new pieces that appear in book form for the very first time: Chekhovian domesticity punctuated by sudden, violent, life-changing irruptions. The collection, which was personally selected and edited by the author, is preceded by a "rave review" of an Introductory Essay by fellow writer and lifelong admirer, the American novelist Ann Patchett. "Spanning four decades, these twenty-one vintage selected stories and thirteen scintillating new ones take us around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from Tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine Coast to Godolphin, Massachusetts, a fictional suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers. No matter the situation in which her characters find themselves, Edith Pearlman conveys their experience with wit and aplomb, with relentless but clear-eyed optimism, and with a supple prose that reminds us, sentence by sentence, page by page, what our greatest verbal innovators can bestow. Reveals a true American original, a master of the story, showing us, with her classic sensibility and lasting artistry, the cruelties, the longings, and the rituals that connect human beings across space and time" (Publisher's blurb). In other words, a writer's writer who will elude (because she will not pander to) mainstream taste, but whose time has nevertheless finally come. An absolute "must-have" title for Edith Pearlman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in pen on the title page by Edith Pearlman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the publisher's 4 X 6 inch Souvenir/Promotional Postcard, which features the book's front cover, also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in pen on verso by the author. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with signed postcard) of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: The First Edition does NOT have the NBA Award and all other seals that subsequent printings do. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings as the First Edition sold out shortly after publication. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDITH PEARLMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0982338295. $400.00

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