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Cunningham, Michael. SPECIMEN DAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 308 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fifth novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2005. The author's first novel since the enormous critical and popular success of "The Hours". The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Cunningham moves from strength to strength. "The Hours" was inspired by Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway", and the great author is the main character of the novel. "Specimen Days" is the title of an early masterpiece by Walt Whitman, who appears as an aura, an invisible presence hovering over New York City in the past, the present, and an imagined future (150 years from today). Whitman did write prophetically: "It avails not, neither distance nor place. I am with you, and know how it is". A tribute to the genre novel, "Specimen Days" is in three parts: Part-mystery/ghost story, part-thriller, and part-science fiction, corresponding to its three different time periods. "Brilliantly conceived, empathetic, darkly humorous, and gorgeously rendered, Cunningham's novel about the quest for justice and freedom, the parameters of the soul, the hunger for beauty, and the fluid interface between the natural and the engineered is a genuine literary event" (Booklist). "A smashing literary tour-de-force and an utterly invigorating reading experience. If this book does not make you jump up from the sofa, looking at life and literature in new ways, check to see if you have a pulse" (USA Today). The basis of a planned film version by Scott Rudin, with Julia Roberts. A "must-have" title for Michael Cunningham collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Michael Cunningham. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. The black DJ rubs very easily and many copies in stores were already deeply flawed within days of their arrival. A very scarce signed copy thus. "A Home At The End of the World" was selected as one of "The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950" by The Modern Library, the most prestigious list of its kind for the period 1950-1999. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The Pen/Faulkner Award in 1999 for "The Hours". One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374299625. $100.00

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