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Taylor, Benjamin. THE BOOK OF GETTING EVEN. Hanover, New Hampshire: Steerforth Press, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 166 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. One of Benjamin Taylor's finest achievements. 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 by a small, independent press. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Benjamin Taylor's "The Book of Getting Even". His second novel, a tour-de-force, pulled off in a mere 166 pages. "Among the most original novels I have read in recent years" (Philip Roth). "Gabriel Geismar grows up in mid-20th-century New Orleans as the only son of a rabbi, maturing into a brilliant mathematician who is gay. Gabriel meets the twins Daniel and Marghie Hundert, the children of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Gregor Hundert, one of the so-called 'Hungarian Eight', who immigrated to America and worked with Robert Oppenheimer on the bomb. Fascinated by the stately, Old World professor and his kindly wife, Lilo, and deeply attached to Marghie, a cinema-obsessed vegetarian, and Daniel, an angry counterculture figure" (Publishers Weekly). "Explores the tortured and often misguided process by which children attempt to define themselves in relation to their parents (the 'getting even' of the title), a process from which Danny and Marghie, as Gabriel slowly discovers, are not exempt. Captures their quests for identity in pitch-perfect dialogue and lengthy meditative passages. His elegant plotting feels at once deliberate and improvised" (The New Yorker). Benjamin Taylor is well-known as a scholar, literary critic, editor, and essayist, which multi-faceted achievement may have (negatively) affected his reception as a novelist. As a "nonfiction" writer so-called, he is a major figure: "Into The Open: Reflections On Genius And Modernity" (1995) and "Proust: The Search" (2015), among others, are regarded as masterpieces. But as a serious novelist, he is unjustly underrated, a so-called "writer's writer" with an esoteric following, admired by Philip Roth. His genuine - rather than accidental - novelistic brilliance deserves mainstream recognition. An absolute "must-have" title for Benjamin Taylor collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Benjamin Taylor. 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 his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very 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. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BENJAMIN TAYLOR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1586421433. $100.00

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