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White, Edmund (Editor); Angelou, Maya; Berendt, John; Gooch, Brad; Solomon, Andrew & Others. LOSS WITHIN LOSS: ARTISTS IN THE AGE OF AIDS. Madison, WI: The University Of Wisconsin Press, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 305 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of memorial-essays. One of the finest literary collections of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Published in conjunction with The Estate Project for Artists With AIDS, a national organization that preserves works created by artists living with HIV or are lost to AIDS. Presents "Loss Within Loss: Artists In The Age of AIDS". As edited by Edmund White, the great American novelist and essayist, one of the least well-known, most moving, and most powerful collections on its subject. "When an artist dies we face two great losses: The person and the work he did not live to do. A moving collaboration by some of America's most eloquent writers, who supply wry, raging, sorrowful, and buoyant accounts of artist-friends and lovers struck down by AIDS. Includes Maya Angelou, Alan Gurganus, Brad Gooch, John Berendt, Craig Lucas, Robert Rosenblum, and eighteen others. Many of the subjects of the essays were already prominent: James Merrill, Paul Monette, David Wojnarowicz. Many others died young before they were able to fulfill the promise of their lives and art. Spans all of the arts and includes portraits of choreographers, painters, poets, actors, playwrights, sculptors, editors, composers, and architects. Stands as a powerful reminder of the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic on the arts, and as the first real survey of that devastation. Though often intensely sad, an invigorating, sometimes even exuberant, testimony to the sheer joy of being an artist" (Publisher's blurb). The writers and artists paying tribute to their dead artist-predecessors in this book are all brilliant if not already great. The writers and artists, all dead of AIDS, are even greater. An absolute "must-have" title for Modern First and contemporary literature collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few 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 scarce copy thus. Some of the greatest American writers and artists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0299170705. $70.00

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