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Zagajewski, Adam (Translated by Clare Cavanagh) . A DEFENSE OF ARDOR: ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 198 pages. As New/As New.

The poet's fourth collection of essays. One of the greatest books of the new century. The first appearance of the title in English. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. Presents 14 essays that make up the great poet's "defense", an engaging, warm, and witty blend of literary comment and memoir, passionate about aesthetic matters but refreshingly free of personal rancor. "Thoughtful; precise; rhapsodic; rueful; courteous; prone to wonder. Nothing could take the reader in a direction more contrary to today's cult of the excitements of self than to follow Zagajewski as he unspools his seductive praise of serenity, sympathy, forbearance, of the calm and courage of an ordinary life. Zagajewski writes indispensable prose" (Susan Sontag). The only living American writer who has written a comparable polemic on behalf of literature-as-life is Cynthia Ozick, and it cannot be an accident that one of her most stunning collections is called "Art & Ardor". Another masterly achievement from a poet-genius who writes poet's prose. A "must-have" title for Adam Zagajewski collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black fountain pen on the title page by the author: "Adam Zagajewski Seattle, May 2005". This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine collector's copy. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 0374136300. $150.00

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