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Strout, Elizabeth. ABIDE WITH ME: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Random House, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 298 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. 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. Presents Elizabeth Strout's "Abide With Me". Her remarkable second novel. "The word 'remarkable' plays a crucial role in Elizabeth Strout's 'Abide With Me'. That word best describes the novel itself. A brave, rare book" (Nicholas Delbanco). Elizabeth Strout began publishing very late in life. She was a lawyer for many "utterly miserable" years before she finally decided, "No more law! I would rather fail miserably in life as a writer than be successful as a lawyer" (Elizabeth Strout). As such, she is a "mature" writer, the only writer worth reading, rather than a "flash-in-the-pan" prodigy although she has been writing all her adult life, her many lawyer years included. She is not a prolific writer at all: It took her eight years to write this luminous second novel. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Strout collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Elizabeth Strout. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Unlike her more recent signatures, it is signed in full instead of slightly abbreviated (although the latter signature is still very clear and legible, unlike most other authors'). Given the significant demand for signed copies of all her books, this is probably what the future holds. 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. It is one of the most beautiful signed copies we have ever seen. Please note: Signed copies of the First Edition will always be rather scarce because according to the author herself, the first print runs of her first three novels were "tiny" (her word) and the books immediately went into paperback thereafter. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "Olive Kitteridge". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH STROUT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400062071. $80.00

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