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Fuentes, Carlos. MYSELF WITH OTHERS: SELECTED ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 214 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut collection of essays originally written in English. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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 Carlos Fuentes' "Myself With Others: Selected Essays". Insightful, absorbing, and simply enjoyable essays originally written in English, the work of a Latin-American Master who is a true cosmopolitan. Dedicated to fellow writer Philip Roth (and his then-wife, the actress Claire Bloom), the essays recount the story of one writer's development and evaluates the work of other writers and artists who have had an indelible influence on him. They include such masterpieces as "How I Started To Write", "How I Wrote One of My Books" (which reads like a detective story), "Borges In Action", "Gabriel Garcia Marquez And The Invention of America", "Luis Bunuel And The Cinema of Freedom", and his celebrated Harvard Commencement Address (Fuentes wrote many of the essays while he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University). With this collection, Carlos Fuentes proves, if proof were needed, that he is equally adept in the English language, as his idol Jorge Luis Borges was, and as very few other of his great Latin-American compatriot/writers are. Widely regarded as Mexico's man-of-letters, Fuentes was more erudite than most other Latin-American writers. Readers who have read him in the original claim that his mastery of the Spanish language is next to none among Latin-American writers in its lucidity, elegance, and beauty. He is highly regarded not just for his exquisite mastery of a very complex language but also for his restless imagination and genuine wisdom. Carlos Fuentes died on May 15, 2012 at the age of 83. To his credit, President Felipe Calderon was one of the very first to announce his death, a gesture that would be unheard-of from a political leader in America when one considers that Fuentes was such a vehement and often despairing critic of his country. Calderon was right to say that Fuentes' death is a loss to Mexico and world literature. An absolute "must-have" title for Carlos Fuentes collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: 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. Winner of the Cervantes Prize in 1987, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CARLOS FUENTES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374217505. $20.00

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