White, Edmund. A BOY'S OWN STORY: THE PICADOR MODERN CLASSICS EDITION. London, England: Picador Books, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 218 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's third novel. One of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. The 1994 Picador Modern Classics First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2004 Modern Library Edition, published ten years later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. In terms of sheer production values, this First British Thus is superior to ALL other editions, including the 1982 First Edition. There is NO equivalent American Edition. The First Edition Thus is now rare. Presents, in an impeccable new edition, Edmund White's "A Boy's Own Story". His most beloved novel. The Introductory Essay by Edmund White appears for the very first time and in this edition only. The first volume in a trilogy on gay American life, "A Boy's Own Story" was followed by "The Beautiful Room Is Empty" (1988) and ended with "The Farewell Symphony" (1997). A "coming-out" novel, it has been copied, but never matched much less surpassed, by what are now whole shelves of gay American literature. "White possesses the rare combination of a poetic sense of language and an ironic sense of humor. Unquestionably, the foremost American gay novelist" (Newsweek Magazine). An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Edmund White. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the 1994 Picador Modern Classics First Edition Thus/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the 2004 Modern Library Edition, published ten years later. In terms of sheer production values, this First British Thus is superior to ALL other editions, including the 1982 First Edition. There is NO equivalent American Edition. The Introductory Essay by Edmund White appears for the very first time and in this edition only. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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