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Proulx, Annie. BAD DIRT: WYOMING STORIES 2. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 219 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third collection of short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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. Most of the pieces originally appeared in The New Yorker Magazine. Presents Annie Proulx's "Bad Dirt". Her sequel-collection to "Close Range: Wyoming Stories". It is good to be reminded that the author of "The Shipping News" inaugurated her writing career with "Heart Songs", a collection of short stories, and that she remains a contemporary master of the form. Like its predecessor, the whole collection is indispensable reading. "The eleven stories are of a piece with her earlier depictions of a hardscrabble state and its ornery, hard-bitten citizens. It is somewhat difficult to fathom the full nature of Proulx's popularity given her implacable vision of human nature as deeply flawed. In her stories, the humor is mordant, the landscape is crushing, and the people are taciturn. It may be that her odd, vivid language and her idiosyncratic plotting are entertaining enough to distract readers from the bleak subtext. Even when Proulx employs Magic Realism, there are no happy endings. Proulx's vision, like the Wyoming countryside she so meticulously describes, is unyielding" (Joanne Wilkinson). It took Annie Proulx a very long time to write and after that, get published. Her debut collection of short stories, "Heart Songs", appeared when she was 56 years old. Once she found her voice, it resonated with such indelible force among critics and readers in a way that many writers who have been around practically all their lives can only envy, and admire. "One of our best writers gives us her best book" (Kirkus Reviews). An absolute "must-have" title for Annie Proulx collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Annie Proulx. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. 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. Please note: Annie Proulx's signature is TINY. But it's there. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for "Postcards". Winner of the National Book Award in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for "The Shipping News". One of the finest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743257995. $70.00

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