St. Aubyn, Edward. DUNBAR. New York City, NY: Hogarth Press, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 215 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's ninth novel. One of finest titles in the Hogarth Shakespeare Series. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edward St. Aubyn's "Dunbar". Appropriately enough, given his personal history, the author's very own "King Lear". "The pairing of St. Aubyn with 'King Lear' seems predestined. Who better to reckon with a play about frustrated power and familial resentment than the author of the Patrick Melrose novels, a five-book exorcism of ancestral demons? St. Aubyn rivals Shakespeare in his magnificently scathing language. There is no novelist alive who combines his irony and his satire of the upper classes with his acute comprehension of the bleakness of existence" (The Atlantic Monthly). At the same time, St. Aubyn deserves credit for insisting that literature is NOT a social event that people could carry out and discuss on social media, for example, as many aspiring writers now do, but an intense and private conversation between one intelligence (the writer) and another (the reader). "Our purest living prose stylist" (The Guardian). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward St. Aubyn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black fountain pen on the title page by the author: "For Clark, on his 60th birthday, Edward St. Aubyn". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. As the inscription clearly indicates, the recipient, who is named, is personally known to the author, which makes this signed and inscribed copy quite special. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The more a writer leaves of himself (or herself) on the page, the better, not the other way around. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD ST. AUBYN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1101904283. $80.00

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