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Stoppard, Tom. THE HARD PROBLEM. London, England: Faber & Faber, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 77 pages. As New/As New.

Full text of the author's play. One of Tom Stoppard's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in an exquisite volume, Tom Stoppard's "The Hard Problem". One of his most complex and accomplished plays. It takes place in a single act that consists of ten scenes, uninterrupted and torrential, as it were, given its cool subject matter. "A new play by Tom Stoppard is always an event of significance, particularly since he has not produced a play in nine years. The 'hard problem' of the title is consciousness. The process is so unique and so complex as to be inexplicable though some have made attempts to do so. The question of consciousness leads the protagonist, a young woman named Hilary, to approach a host of other related issues: Sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, egoism/altruism, nature/nurture, and the viability of materialist views of cognition and all things-in-general. Hilary is also a person of faith. She prays to God, asking for help in protecting and nurturing a daughter that she gave up for adoption when Hilary was 15. My initial impression is that this is a second-tier work by our greatest living dramatist and hence, one that requires our attention" (Richard B. Schwartz). Well, even if it were third- or fourth-tier in anyone else's preliminary estimation, it would still be "must-reading" for the simple reason that no one else tackles issues with a "life-versus-death" significance as energetically, compellingly, and profoundly as Stoppard does. An absolute "must-have" title for Tom Stoppard collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in blue pen-marker on the title page by Tom Stoppard. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title will become 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. Please note: There are more copies of the Deluxe Edition than signed copies of the First Edition available online, and they command up to $275. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest playwright of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOM STOPPARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0571322921. $100.00

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