Koestenbaum, Wayne. HUMILIATION. New York: Picador Books, 2011. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 185 pages. Fine.

Book-length account on subject. Now considered a contemporary classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only and as part of Picador's "Big Ideas/Small Books" Series. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Wayne Koestenbaum's "Humiliation". "Considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection". "The lives of people, both famous and obscure, are filled with scarlet-letter moments when their dirty laundry sees daylight. In these moments we not only witness the reversibility of 'success', of prominence, but also come to visceral terms with our own vulnerable selves. We can't stop watching the scene of shame, identifying with it and absorbing its nearness, and relishing our imagined immunity from its stain, even as we acknowledge the universal, embarrassing predicament of living in our own bodies. Takes us through a spectrum of mortifying circumstances: In history, literature, art, current events, music, film, and his own life. His generous disclosures and brilliant observations go beyond prurience to create a poetics of abasement. Plunges into one of the most disquieting of human experiences, with reflections at once emboldening and humane" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Wayne Koestenbaum collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Wayne Koestenbaum. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the British Edition. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant culture critics of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WAYNE KOESTENBAUM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0312429223. $70.00

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