McCourt, James. TIME REMAINING: STORIES. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 370 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's novellas. 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 "Time Remaining: Stories". Modestly called stories by the author despite their length, "I Go Back To The Mais Oui" being the prelude to "A Chance To Talk", which is actually a novel, indeed THE Great Gay American Novel. The first story sums up forty years of gay life in New York, providing a context for what follows: Odette O'Doyle, an ancient, wise, all-knowing drag queen, who has lived through those years, reminiscing on a midnight train ride across Long Island. "Odette unbeads his pearls, dropping story after story from his personal epic. And what an epic! An encyclopedic view of gay New York, from High to Low culture, from Frank O'Hara, Judy Garland, and the Everard Baths to ACT UP and the Clit Club" (Brian Kenney). Even more than Susan Sontag (who ardently championed McCourt), Bloom was responsible for establishing McCourt's place in literature by including "Time Remaining: Stories" (1993) in his list of canonical works of the 20th century: "Splendid. A sad and beautiful elegy" (Harold Bloom). An absolute "must-have" title for James McCourt collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few 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: 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. Copies available online command up to $350. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare 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 0679412662. $200.00

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