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White, Edmund. THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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 "The Beautiful Room Is Empty". The second volume in Edmund White's trilogy. The other titles are "A Boy's Own Story" (1982) and "The Farewell Symphony" (1997). The title is a celebrated line by Franz Kafka. Written in Edmund White's effortless, supple, and immaculate prose, which serves him well in this luminously beautiful novel about the wildness of erotic desire, the alacrity with which "latent" becomes "overt", given the right circumstances, and what is "repressed" is suddenly "expressed", recklessly, adventurously, and ominously, without regard for possibly lethal consequences. "To look only at what a single English sentence can, in White's hands, become is to stand entranced before sensuous grace" (Cynthia Ozick). "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 despite its slight imperfection (some browning on the publisher's yellow topstain) is still in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. It is priced accordingly. 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 0394564448. $60.00

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