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Mendelsohn, Daniel. ECSTASY AND TERROR: FROM THE GREEKS TO GAME OF THRONES. New York City, NY: New York Review Books, 2019. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 378 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of literary and personal essays. One of Daniel Mendelsohn's finest achievements. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only by the New York Review, of which Mendelsohn is the Editor-At Large. "Signed" round red sticker pasted in front. Presents Daniel Mendelsohn's "Ecstasy And Terror: From The Greeks To Game of Thrones". His third collection, the continuation of "How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken" (2008) and "Waiting For The Barbarians: Essays From The Classics To Pop Culture" (2012). Like the previous two, it demonstrates once again his unique, profound, and indispensable understanding, not just expertise, of the distant past as well as contemporary popular culture, particularly the latter's atavistic re-imaginings of the ancient world that Mendelsohn knows so well and loves so much. "Exemplifies the range, depth, and erudition that have made him required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture. Casts an eye at literature, film, television, and the personal essay, filtering his insights through his training as a scholar of Classical Antiquity in illuminating and sometimes surprising ways. Essays that look with fresh eyes at our culture's Greek and Roman models: Some find an arresting modernity in canonical works ('Bacchae', 'The Aeneid') while others detect a 'Greek DNA' in our responses to national traumas such as the Boston Marathon bombings and the assassination of JFK. There are pieces on contemporary literature, from the 'aesthetics of victimhood' in Hanya Yanagihara's 'A Little Life' to the uncomfortable mixture of art and autobiography in the novels by Henry Roth, Ingmar Bergman, and Karl Ove Knausgaard" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Daniel Mendelsohn collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Daniel Mendelsohn. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great collection. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Daniel Mendelsohn did NOT tour to promote the book. Published as a softcover original only. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2007 for "The Lost". One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DANIEL MENDELSOHN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1681374056. $50.00

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