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Hardwick, Elizabeth. BARTLEBY IN MANHATTAN & OTHER ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Random House, 1983. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 292 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's third collection of essays. One of the finest American essay collections of the 20th century. 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 Hardwick's "Bartleby In Manhattan & Other Essays". Sharp and engaging essays on literary, cultural, and political concerns and issues, demonstrating the writer's prodigious range. A longtime contributor to The Partisan Review and one of the founders of The New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Hardwick was, for more than twenty years, married to (and suffered inordinately because of) the poet, Robert Lowell. He was The Real Thing, but he also had manic depression and fell in love with many women in the course of his life, making his marriage to "Lizzie" Hardwick difficult at best. She was, after all, a great writer in her own right, who is now belatedly gaining the kind of mainstream recognition she so richly deserves: As a novelist, she produced "Sleepless Nights", which is, simply put, a masterpiece. As a wide-ranging essayist, she had few peers. The eponymous essay is a definitive, tour-de-force "close reading" of Herman Melville's great short story. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Hardwick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Elizabeth Hardwick. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Hardwick's handwriting is itself virtuous, her every word legible, something most of us computer-dependents (writers, especially) can no longer manage. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: The full number line that includes the Number 2 (instead of the Number 1) with the "First Edition" statement were the Random House "true first" indications at the time of the book's publication. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH HARDWICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394528808. $200.00

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