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Tyler, Anne. BREATHING LESSONS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 330 pages. Fine.

The author's eleventh novel. Now regarded as one of her finest achievements. Advance Reader's Edition/Uncorrected Proof. The true First Edition. Precedes the gaudy Franklin Mint Edition, the handsome hardcover First Edition, and all other subsequent editions. An austerely elegant production by Alfred A Knopf: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Anne Tyler. Immaculate paper slipcase. Without DJ, as issued. "In perhaps her most accessible novel, Tyler spins a tale of marriage and middle-class lives in an age when social standards and life expectations have gone askew. While she remains a brilliant observer of human nature, there is a subtle change in Tyler's focus. Where before her protagonists were eccentric, sometimes slightly fantastical characters who came at the end to a sense of peace if not happiness, Maggie Moran and her husband Ira are average, unexceptional, even drab. Outside of small epiphanies, little is changed between them at the story's close. It's this very realism that makes the story so effective and moving. Taking place on one summer day, when Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Pennsylvania to a funeral, the novel reveals the basic incompatibility of their 28-year marriage and the love that binds them together nonetheless. With irresistibly funny passages you want to read out loud and poignant insights that illuminate the serious business of sharing lives in an unsettling world, this is Tyler's best novel yet" (Publishers Weekly). A masterpiece. A "must-have" title for Anne Tyler collectors. This copy is prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the front free endpaper by Anne Tyler. The author is known to be painfully shy and does not do public appearances or signings. Signed copies of her wonderful books, which will become part of the American literary canon, are extremely scarce. This is one of few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Regarded by John Updike as one of the finest American writers of the 20th century. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1988 for "Breathing Lessons". A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNE TYLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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