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Ozick, Cynthia. HEIR TO THE GLIMMERING WORLD. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 310 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth 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 Cynthia Ozick's "Heir To The Glimmering World". A feast for the senses, the heart, and the intellect. In Rose Meadows and James The Bear Boy (based on A. A. Milne's son, named Christopher Robinson in the "Winnie The Pooh" series of children's books), the author has created two of her most memorable, poignant, and compelling characters. Ozick's fictional re-imagination of the boy who inherited his father's enormous fortune and became famous for the rest of his life as a fictional character, is heartbreaking about the son's ultimately disastrous Freudian struggle with his living and then-dead father. "A cause for celebration in the world of literature. Here we have a heroine to love, a story we can't let go of, gorgeous sentences, and ideas to wrestle with. I didn't just read this book, I devoured it" (Ann Patchett). Ozick is writing in three literary traditions simultaneously, all of them at the most profound level imaginable: The ancient Jewish, the modern European, and the Jamesian American. Hence, the dazzling allusiveness, poignant beauty, and sheer intensity of her work. "If there is such a thing as a literary pantheon in America, then Cynthia Ozick is surely its Athena" (Washington Post). Her prose style - imbricated, brachiate, and filigreed, to borrow three of her own favorite words - is a paradox: The rush of metaphors arrives at and realizes a work of luminous beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Cynthia Ozick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Cynthia Ozick Sept. 21, 2004". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. She then added a comment (in black ink-pen) at the bottom of the page, which clearly indicates that she and the recipients, who are named, either know one another or met at a signing event and conversed at some length: "Why Karaites? They were Talmud rejecters who withered out of history. One must engage in commentary". The Karaites were a medieval Jewish sect; the whole history of Judaism is commentary on the Biblical texts. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, post-publication dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for "Fame & Folly". Finalist for the National Book Award in 1997 for "The Puttermesser Papers". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for "Quarrel & Quandary". Recipient of the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CYNTHIA OZICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618470492. $80.00

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