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Gluck, Louise. AMERICAN ORIGINALITY: ESSAYS ON POETRY. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of literary essays. One of the most important literary events 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. Presents Louise Gluck's "American Originality: Essays on Poetry". "A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poets". "Written with the same probing, analytic control that has long distinguished her poetry, Gluck's moving and disabusing lyricism is on full display in this decisive new collection. From its opening pages, 'American Originality' forces readers to consider contemporary poetry and its demigods in radical, unconsoling, and ultimately very productive ways. Determined to wrest ample, often contradictory meaning from our current literary discourse, Gluck comprehends and destabilizes notions of 'narcissism' and 'genius' that are unique to the American literary climate. Includes erudite analyses of the poets who have interested her throughout her own career such as Rilke, Pinsky, Chiasson, and Dobyns, and Introductions to the first books of poets like Dana Levin, Peter Streckfus, Spencer Reece, and Richard Siken. Forceful, revealing, challenging, and instructive, a seminal critical achievement" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Louise Gluck collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Louise Gluck. May 15 2017 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is 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 Critics Circle Award in 1985 for "The Triumph of Achilles". Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for "The Wild Iris". America's Poet Laureate in 2003 and 2004. One of the greatest poets of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LOUISE GLUCK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374299552. $100.00

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