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Sedaris, David. ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY. Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 272 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough fourth collection of essays and 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day". Published to near-unanimous critical and popular acclaim. The book transformed David Sedaris, already the author of three brilliant books, from a writer with an ardent cult following into a bestselling national and international writer. "Mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Though his anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have a theme in these reminiscences: The inability of humans to communicate. The title is his rendition in English of how he and his fellow students of French mangle the Gallic language" (Tim Appelo). Sedaris continues to use his utterly dysfunctional Greek-immigrant family as the basis for his best pieces. If anything, he uses them more rather than less than ever, and his devoted readers now feel as though they know them better than their own family. He has written about his homosexuality and romance with Hugh more discreetly but quite openly (he never makes fun of him, for instance, and seems truly smitten). An absolute "must-have" title for David Sedaris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "With a sincere feeling, David Sedaris". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named. 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: Sedaris is a genuine rarity among superstar-writers: He spends time with every single person who has taken the trouble of going to his reading and waiting patiently in line (which are "circle-around-the-block" long) to get his or her book signed. He writes lengthy, personalized inscriptions to those who want them and has been known to sign into the wee hours of the morning. Copies available online have serious flaws or are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID SEDARIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316777722. $80.00

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