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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.

The author's debut novel. Originally called "Party with Animals", this is "the most famous unpublished work in America". The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Harold 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 title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BRODKEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374252866. $20.00

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