McCourt, James. KAYE WAYFARING IN "AVENGED": FOUR STORIES. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 185 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut collection of short stories. One of James McCourt's finest - and most inspired - 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 James McCourt's "Kaye Wayfaring In 'Avenged': Four Stories". The brilliant title to a collection of stories that could only have been dreamed up by its inimitable author/creator. "Captures the key moments in the life of two-time Oscar nominee Kaye Wayfaring, star of the film 'Avenged', from the filming of the movie on location to its brilliant premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House" (Publisher's blurb). "Lurid, lovable, outlandish - as invigorating as a roller coaster" (Chicago Tribune). An absolute "must-have" title for James McCourt collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed in brown ink-pen on the title page by the author: "June 18, 1984, For David and Marian, in fellowship, in friendship. Love, James McCourt". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipients, a couple who are named, are unmistakably close friends of the author. McCourt's signature is as flamboyant, impressive, and artful as his art. This title is a great book. 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 despite its imperfection (slight fading on the DJ spine, but it's there) is still in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: James McCourt is a cult writer (with a uniquely brilliant body of work) who is also a writer's writer. It is a crying shame that mainstream recognition has eluded him because his work represents writing - and reading - as pure pleasure. A rare signed copy thus. James McCourt's "Time Remaining: Stories" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the greatest books of the 20th century. One of the finest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES MCCOURT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 039452361X. $200.00

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