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Abel, Lionel. IMPORTANT NONSENSE. New York City, NY: Prometheus Books, 1987. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 232 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of essays. The companion volume to his "Intellectual Follies" memoir-essay book. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Lionel Abel's "Important Nonsense". Scathing, brilliant, indispensable essays. Lionel Abel was a cosmopolitan aesthete and writer who helped shaped many of the intellectual debates that flourished during the "Golden Age" of the intellectual in America, when, despite widespread suspicion, the latter was considered a valuable member of society. This idea is of course, now dead in the mass-media age of the talking head, the pundit, and the "expert". Much of what Abel has to say in these pieces is often provocative and even infuriating but always refreshing, candid, absorbing, and necessary. An absolute "must-have" title for Lionel Abel collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition overall: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the most important American intellectual/writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIONEL ABEL TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0879753544. $20.00

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