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Brodkey, Harold. THE WORLD IS THE HOME OF LOVE AND DEATH: STORIES. New York City, NY: Henry Holt And Company, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 312 pages. Fine/Fine.

Posthumous collection of the author's finest short stories. One of Harold Brodkey's finest achievements. 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 Harold Brodkey's "The World Is The Home of Love And Death". Published one year after his untimely death from AIDS. Harold Brodkey completes the extraordinary literary voyage that began with the publication of his first short story in The New Yorker Magazine in 1952. During the past four decades, Brodkey established himself as a Modern Master of short fiction. In this extraordinary collection, Harold Brodkey returns to themes he has treated so memorably in the past: The conformity and stupefying monotony of suburbia, the malevolence of cocktail-party conversation, bringing to them a new refinement and compression. In all of these stories, Brodkey proves that there has never been a more acute translator of the language of power, coercion, and ultimately, love. It is altogether appropriate that Brodkey's final return to fiction should be to the short story, a form that he has influenced so profoundly. An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Brodkey 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 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. "First Love And Other Stories" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical titles of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BRODKEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0805055134. $20.00

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