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McCann, Colum. LETTERS TO A YOUNG WRITER: SOME PRACTICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL ADVICE. New York City, NY: Random House, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 170 pages. As New/As New.

The author's artistic manifesto, presented as a series of epistolary essays. One of the most valuable literary texts 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. "Autographed Copy" white round sticker pasted in front. Presents Colum MCann's "Letters To A Young Writer: Some Practical And Philosophical Advice". His book-length response to Rilke's "Letters To A Young Poet", which asserted, among other things, that writing cannot be taught. Colum McCann agrees and disagrees with Rilke at the same time; his tone is exhortatory and inspirational where Rilke was ruminative. Still, it is not possible to teach art, and the point of writing programs is craft, not vision. Instead, McCann offers "some advice" to the would-be writer (instead of a writing seminar or workshop in book form). The result is illuminating and provocative, for aspiring writers and just as important, serious readers, which is surely Colum McCann's intention all along. "Asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example. Fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. Charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and then break them" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Colum McCann collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Colum McCann. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed 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. Winner of the National Book Award in 2009 for "Let The Great World Spin". One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLUM MCCANN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0399590803. $50.00

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