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Doctorow, E. L. . SWEET LAND STORIES. New York City, NY: Random House, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 147 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's second collection of short stories. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Doctorow is at once a supremely entertaining storyteller and a profound writer of conscience, and he forges an extraordinarily potent blend of artistry, compassion, and outrage in his short-story collection, the first since the now-classic "Lives of the Poets" (1984). Here are five perfect and sharp-edged stories about faith, love, and the abuse of power, hair-raising tales featuring intensely compelling characters and impossible situations that unveil key paradoxes intrinsic to American society. The criminal mind fascinates Doctorow, as does the law and its failings, men's cruelty toward women, tragic realities he explores to powerful effect. A "must-have" title for E. L. Doctorow collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by E. L. Doctorow. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. E. L. Doctorow now seldom does public signings, and when he does, limits the number of books he is willing to sign. As a result, his Limited Editions, while highly collectible, are often more widely available than copies of the First Hardcover Editions, which are signed directly on the title page rather than on a tipped-in leaf. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the very first National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for "Ragtime". Winner of the National Book Award in 1986 for "World's Fair". Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Winner of the PEN/Faulkner, and a second National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for "The March". One of the greatest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER E. L. DOCTOROW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400062047. $70.00

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