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Leonard, Elmore. GET SHORTY. New York City, NY: Delacorte Press, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 292 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Elmore Leonard collectible set. A fine copy of "Get Shorty" First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with a pristine Souvenir Bookplate, signed and inscribed by Elmore Leonard. The author's "Hollywood" novel. One of Elmore Leonard'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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elmore Leonard's "Get Shorty". "Classic Elmore Leonard: While other people write 'crime fiction', Leonard has come up with a masterly social comedy that happens to be about criminals (and other fast operators). The best parts move along so briskly you almost forget there's somebody with a firm control over the story" (Ron Hogan). "The prose, as expected from Leonard, is perfect. In 292 pages, there's not a word that doesn't belong exactly where he's placed it. Offers a Master Class in how to write a novel" (Publishers Weekly). Shortly after his death in 2013, Elmore Leonard was posthumously honored by the Library of America with four volumes collecting his oeuvre. Normally, LOA waits for a decent, sometimes long, interval before including any writer in its canon. But in Leonard's case, they could not wait to honor the "laconic Master of crime fiction". The basis of the now-classic film by Barry Sonnenfeld, with Gene Hackman, John Travolta, Danny de Vito, and Rene Russo. An absolute "must-have" title for Elmore Leonard collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Elmore Leonard. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes with a pristine 5 X 4 inch loose Souvenir Bookplate that is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen by the author: "Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. Elmore Leonard". Which, in one line and in his own hand, neatly sums up his artistic credo and practice. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with signed and inscribed Souvenir Bookplate) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Copies of the book available online have serious flaws. This is the only Souvenir Bookplate available anywhere. A rare signed set thus. One of the finest American mystery writers of our time. A fine collectible set. . ISBN 0385301413. $150.00

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