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White, Edmund. CITY BOY: MY LIFE IN NEW YORK DURING THE 1960S AND '70S. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second memoir. The sequel-of-sorts to "My Lives" (2006), it is the best autobiographical/literary account on New York City for 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 Edmund White's "City Boy: My Life In New York During The 1960's And '70s". The definitive account on the Republic of New York. It was, and always will be, the republic of arts and letters, the massive concentration of talent, wealth, and power in an infinitesimal piece of land, the United States of success and achievement. It is every ambitious and hard-working citizen's destiny, not just destination. Flaws and all, it is the one place where seriousness still matters amid the hard reality of our pervasive American/global commercial culture, a rot that has obviously seeped into (and diminished) New York as well. In White's riveting account, New York is about every necessary human conquest: Sexual and romantic, social and economic, literary and artistic, material and spiritual. It is also the reason why, in White's humane view, the quest for fame and glory (and the seemingly insatiable hunger for "industrial quantities" of sex) must be underpinned by the cherished values of love and friendship. "A moving, candid, brilliant portrait of a time and place" (Publisher's blurb). "One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language" (Dave Eggers). An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. 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. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1596914025. $100.00

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