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Aciman, Andre (Editor); Davis, Lydia; Minot, Susan; Toibin, Colm; White, Edmund & Other Contributors. THE PROUST PROJECT. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 225 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of essays on subject. One of the most exquisite and moving literary collections of our time. 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 "The Proust Project". Organized by Andre Aciman, who is joined by twenty-seven other writers, a Who's Who of contemporary literature. Among the notables: Alain de Botton, Lydia Davis, Shirley Hazzard, Richard Howard, Wayne Koestenbaum, Susan Minot, Geoffrey O'Brien, Andrew Solomon, Colm Toibin, and Edmund White, among others. Each of them chose a favorite passage from "In Search Of Lost Time", and introduced it with a brief essay. The passages and their accompanying essays are the perfect introduction to the greatest novel of the 20th century. "Discovering Proust is like wandering through a totally unfamiliar land and finding it peopled with kindred spirits and sister souls and fellow countrymen. They speak our language, our dialect, share our blind-spots, and are awkward in exactly the same way we are, just as their manner of lacing every access of sorrow with slapstick reminds us so much of how we do it when we are sad and wish to hide it, that surely we are not alone and not as strange as we feared we were. And here lies the paradox: So long as a writer tells us what he and only he can see, then surely he speaks our language" (Andre Aciman). An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Aciman and Marcel Proust collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Andre Aciman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Aciman's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is a contemporary classic. 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: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the finest writers of our time on the greatest novelist of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374238324. $100.00

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