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DeLillo, Don. RUNNING DOG. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

The author's sixth novel. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Don DeLillo has, as they used to say, class. He is original, versatile, and in his disdain of last year's emotional guarantees, fastidious. Into our technology-riddled world and daily lives, he reads the sinister ambiguities, the floating ugliness of America's recent history" (John Updike). The fastidious Updike wrote that in 1978, and with typical perceptiveness, identified DeLillo's themes as a writer. DeLillo's body of work has since grown significantly in quantity and quality. In his case, quantity is quality, as each new DeLillo novel challenges and rewards the discriminating reader as few American writers can. "The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her government. There are so many temptations for American writers to become part of the system and part of the structure that now, more than ever, we have to resist. American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail" (Don DeLillo). A "must-have" title for Don DeLillo collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Don DeLillo. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. DeLillo seldom does public signings. Signed copies of his books are usually available from the publisher, pre-signed on a tipped-in page, which does not have the same collectible value. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by the literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize in 1999, the first American writer to be so honored, among numerous other literary prizes. "Underworld" was selected as the second most important work of American fiction of the last 25 years by The New York Times panel of writers, editors, and critics. "Libra" and "White Noise" were included in the Top 20 list. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DON DELILLO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394501438. $400.00

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