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Winterson, Jeanette. WRITTEN ON THE BODY. London, England: Jonathan Cape, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 190 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. One of Jeanette Winterson's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jeanette Winterson's "Written On The Body". Her third masterpiece, favorably compared with Andre Breton and the work of other great Surrealists in the same vein, which celebrate and worship the beauty of the female body. Winterson's twist (and neat triumph) is something only she could have conceived and pulled off: The narrator who charts the body is of an indeterminate gender, making the very idea of gender for creative reasons (if not for personal identity) a superficial label. It all sounds easy enough, but isn't so, especially in the larger context of Western literature (including the Surrealists), where most, if not all, works state outright or unmistakably suggest the gender (and the sexual orientation) of the narrator. Excepting the poly-vocal Shakespeare, the authorial voice of the greatest writers, even when it is is voiced through a particular character in their fiction, can somehow be discerned as "masculine" or "feminine", making Winterson's conscious attempt to undermine her own natural voice fascinating (at the very least) and ground-breaking (at her very best). Now, Winterson is obviously a woman and openly gay, and her point is precisely that being a woman and gay (or being a man and straight) does limit the possibilities of one's worldview, imagination, and actual experience, and must somehow be surpassed. "A very ambitious work, at once a love story and a philosophical work that is consistently revelatory about the phenomenon of love. Winterson has been compared to an unlikely pantheon of literary figures from Flannery O'Connor through Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The hyperbole seems not only imprecise. It obscures the originality of her voice, her distinctive mix of romanticism and irony, erudition and passion" (The New York Times). An absolute "must-have" title for Jeanette Winterson collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Jeanette Winterson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of 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. It is, quite simply, one of the single most beautiful signatures by Winterson we have ever seen. Please note: The British Edition precedes the American and is a superior production. For whatever reason, copies available online have ALL kinds of flaws (foxing, creasing, yellowing, tearing, price-clipped, you name it). This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant British novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JEANETTE WINTERSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0224035878. $150.00

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