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Marcus, Ben. THE AGE OF WIRE AND STRING: STORIES. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. 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, in its First Edition format, Ben Marcus' "The Age of Wire And String". At its best, worthy of being classed with Pynchon and Saunders as one of a handful of literary works that have helped keep the Experimental Sublime in American literature alive and thrilling. "The most audacious literary debut in decades: Witty, startlingly inventive, funny, fundamentally disturbing" (Robert Coover). "Utterly wonderful and beautiful. All the elements of ordinary life systematically re-combine to give substance to feeling and sensation, our deepest and most hidden knowledge of home" (Donald Antrim). "Evades classification, persisting in your mind because of its ardent prose. Uses words as they once were, as incantations, as spells to summon up the contorted beings of the imagination" (Matthew De Abaitua). An absolute "must-have" title for Ben Marcus collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the author: "To L. L. With best wishes, in appreciation, Ben Marcus Providence 13 December 1996". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is initialled, not named, and is unmistakably personally known to the author. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1847086381. $70.00

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