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Proulx, Annie. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2005. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 55 pages. Fine.

The author's novella-length short story. One of the greatest short stories of the 20th century. The "Film Tie-in" Edition, it marks the first appearance of the title by itself as a softcover original in the United States. The piece first appeared (sensationally) in The New Yorker Magazine's October 13, 1997 Issue. A lovely production by Erich Hobbing: Small-size volume format. Pictorial softcovers which feature Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Annie Proulx. Without DJ, as issued. How a "woman writer" could write what is now widely considered the finest sexual/romantic story between two cowboys is a tribute to Annie Proulx's genius: Two ranch hands meet on a job and, without thinking about it, quickly fall in love. High-school dropouts, they have lived very rough lives, are penniless, and desperately in need of work. Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist end up herding for the same sheep operation on Brokeback Mountain. Proulx describes the ever-escalating passion of their sexual encounters in the most explicit yet tender manner. The love affair ends when they reluctantly go their separate ways. Four years later, they are reunited as married men with children, and quickly pick up where they left off. How the story unfolds and finally ends is vintage, top-drawer Proulx. 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. Her tenacity is part of the reason she can write "Brokeback Mountain" so compellingly. The basis of the award-winning film by Ang Lee, with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The lavish praise heaped upon the film adaptation is well-deserved as it replicates the story's intense and anguished homoeroticism, and Annie Proulx has publicly endorsed the film version as rendering justice to her majestic story. A "must-have" title for Annie Proulx completists. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings, will probably never go out-of-print, and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Softcover Edition available online (full number line ending in 1) and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare 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". "Brokeback Mountain" was the Winner of the U. S. National Magazine Award in 1998. One of the finest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743271327. $150.00

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