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Dorris, Michael. THE BENCHMARK. New York City, NY: Henry Holt And Company, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 20 pages. Fine.

The author's short story. Advance Reader's Copy. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. None of the copies was sold to the public. There is no ISBN. The ARC is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Henry Holt: Cream cloth boards with blue titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Michael Dorris. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Michael Dorris' "The Benchmark". An advance excerpt from his collection of short stories, "Working Men". Until his tragic death by suicide, Michael Dorris, a member of the Modoc Tribe, was one of the most celebrated Native-American writers of the 20th century. He was married to Louise Erdrich, herself a Native-American from another tribe, and they openly spoke of being co-authors of each other's books. All of their published books up until Dorris' sensational suicide were dedicated to each other. The cause of his suicide is well-known, and what he allegedly committed before it inexcusable, making an objective and fair appraisal of his large body of work, which nevertheless has moments of great beauty and crystalline prose, difficult at best and (perhaps) impossible at worst. An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Dorris collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the Advance Reader's Copy (ARC) 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 scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL DORRIS AND LOUISE ERDRICH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $20.00

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