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White, Edmund. OUR YOUNG MAN. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 290 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's eleventh novel. One of Edmund White's finest 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. The DJ design aptly features a Polaroid reproduction from Tom Bianchi's "Fire Island Pines". Presents Edmund White's "Our Young Man". A historical-cum-Zeitgeist novel, inspired by Stendhal's Julien Sorel ("The Red And The Black"), and infused with White's coolly American sensibility and pathos. "Follows the life of a gorgeous Frenchman, Guy, as he goes from the industrial city of Clermont-Ferrand to the top of the modeling profession in New York City's fashion world, becoming the darling of Fire Island's gay community. Like Wilde's Dorian Gray, Guy never seems to age. At thirty-five, he is still modeling, still enjoying lavish gifts from older men who believe he's twenty-three, though their attentions always come at a price. Ambivalently, Guy lets them believe, driven especially by the memory of growing up poor, until he realizes he needs the lie to secure not only wealth but love itself. Surveying the full spectrum of amorous life through the Disco Era and into the age of AIDS, it explores the power of physical beauty to fascinate, to enslave, and to deceive" (Publisher's blurb). "One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language" (Dave Eggers). 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 contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still 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. It is also White's most popular novel since "A Boy's Own Story". As such, signed copies in fine condition will always be scarce. 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1620409968. $70.00

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