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Brodkey, Harold. THE RUNAWAY SOUL. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 835 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's debut novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Originally called "Party with Animals". This is the most famous unpublished work in America, Brodkey's most eagerly anticipated novel: "Dense, ambitious, and over 800 pages long. Its hero is Wiley Silenowicz, adopted in 1930 and raised by his cousins S. L. & Lila Silenowicz in St. Louis. Not quite as crafty as his name but possessed of a fiercely observant intelligence that unfolds experience endlessly like a flower, Wiley must abide a glamorous, self-absorbed mother, an obnoxious sister and a smooth-talking father who says things like, 'I won't wear another man's shoes. But I'll tell another man's jokes. I'm the father to another man's child'. In the course of the novel, Wiley grows up, observes his parents, suffers his sister, experiences sexual longing, and then sex. In short, nothing much happens except language: Brodkey's lush, carefully observed antidote to minimalism that will alternately enthrall and exasperate readers. Brilliant, maddening, and essential for readers of good literature everywhere" (Library Journal). Harold Brodkey achieved immense youthful success with his collection of short stories, "First Love and Other Sorrows", which is still widely considered his masterpiece. But "The Runaway Soul" is indispensable to serious readers and collectors of his work. A "must-have" title for Harold Brodkey collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (in the year of publication), placed, and inscribed in red fountain pen on the title page by the author: "1991 NYC For Max Kahn, Memory on memory. You and I have had a good time now and then. Harold Brodkey". The copy is enclosed in an elegant, custom-made black cloth slipcase. Brodkey's inscription on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen, a copy for true collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. "First Love and Other Stories" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical titles of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BRODKEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374252866. $250.00

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