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White, Edmund. THE MARRIED MAN. London, England: Chatto & Windus, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 321 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's seventh novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edmund White's "The Married Man". His deeply autobiographical novel. It is a thinly veiled memorial-novel about Hubert Sorin, his much younger French lover, with whom he collaborated on a gem of a book called "Our Paris" (1995), and who died of AIDS. Sorin was married when Edmund White met him. He left his wife to live with the author, a romance that became a marriage (in effect if not in legal fact). Shortly afterwards, he became terminally ill. This unexpected turn of events turned White, until then a self-confessed incurably promiscuous gay man, into a fully committed husband and "care-giver". Hence the double meaning of the title. Beautifully written in Edmund White's effortless, supple, and immaculate prose, which serves him well in this graceful and elegiac act of sexual, emotional, and psychological disburdenment and sorrow. In lesser hands, White's love story would have descended into bathos by Page Two. White compels our attention to the very end, a heartbreakingly explosive ending, told in some of the most beautiful passages of late-20th century American literature. "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 and dated (in the month and year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "3/16/00 Edmund White". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and publication-year dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: At the time of the book's publication, Edmund White was based in Paris, suffering from AIDS, and believed he would never return to America. He was one of the first prominent figures to be diagnosed with the illness, and after more than twenty-five years, remains one of its longest-living survivors (through a cocktail regimen). So signed copies from the period will be difficult to find. 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 0375400052. $80.00

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