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Carson, Anne. MEN IN THE OFF HOURS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 170 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of poetry and prose. Now considered a contemporary 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 Anne Carson's "Men In The Off Hours". Her "follow-up" collection to her stunning breakthrough, "Autobiography of Red" (1998). "Displays Anne Carson's signature mixture of opposites, the Classical and the Modern, cinema and print, narrative and verse. Reinvents figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson, and Audubon. She views the writings of Sappho, St. Augustine, and Catullus through a modern lens. She sets up startling juxtapositions (Lazarus among video paraphernalia; Virginia Woolf and Thucydides discussing war). And in a final prose-poem, she meditates on the recent death of her mother. With its quiet, acute spirituality, its fearless wit and sensuality, and its joyful understanding that 'the fact of the matter for humans is imperfection', 'Men In The Off Hours' shows us Carson at her best" (Publisher's blurb). "Carson is a wisdom writer" (Harold Bloom). "The most exciting poet writing in English today" (Michael Ondaatje). An absolute "must-have" title for Anne Carson collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed (initialled, as is her custom), dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Respectfully, A C 2008". This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed, dated, and inscribed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine 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 rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest poet/writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNE CARSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375408037. $100.00

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