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Proulx, Annie (Proulx, E. Annie) . HEART SONGS AND OTHER STORIES. New York City, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 151 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories and first book. Now widely regarded as a late-modern classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents nine of the author's finest short fiction. "Before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, 'The Shipping News', E. Annie Proulx was already producing some of the finest short fiction in the country. Here are her collected stories, including two new works never before anthologized. These stories reverberate with rural tradition, the rites of nature and the rituals of small-town life. The country is blue-collar New England; the characters are native families and the dispossessed working class, whose heritage is challenged by the neo-rural bourgeoisie from the city; and the themes are as elemental as the landscape: Revenge, malice, greed, passion. Told with skill and profundity and crafted by a master storyteller, these are lean, tough tales of an extraordinary place and its people" (Publishers Weekly). It took Annie Proulx a very long time to write and after that, get published. "Heart Songs" appeared when she was 56 years old. Once she found her voice, it resonated with such indelible force among critics and readers in a way that many writers who have been around practically all their lives can only envy, and admire. A masterly collection. A "must-have" title for E. Annie Proulx collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Annie Proulx. At the time of its publication, the author retained her first initial, "E. Annie Proulx", and she signed this copy that way. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Unlike most other available copies, it is not crudely stamped with the "Not For Sale" mark and is not remainder-marked. Signed copies sell for as much as $1000 despite such flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for "Postcards". Winner of the National Book Award (in 1993) and the Pulitzer Prize (in 1994) for "The Shipping News". One of the finest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0684187175. $500.00

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