Tag: first edition

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment

Added on October 5, 2016

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment James P. Reynolds Crack the Spine Literary Journal, U.S.A. August 2012 Inner Voices, Outer Lives, New York, 2014 Having so far written over 300 posts about other people’s fiction, I am now going to showcase a little of my own.  Life Shrinkage, one of my flash fiction stories, [...]

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Brokeback Mountain

Added on August 9, 2016

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx Fourth Estate, U.K. 1998 This Fourth Estate edition came out in 1998, less than a year after the story first appeared in the New Yorker magazine. In 1999 it was included in Proulx’s short story collection Close Range – Wyoming Stories. Brokeback Mountainwon an O. Henry Award and a National Magazine [...]

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A Farewell to Arms

Added on June 20, 2016

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Charles Scribner’s Sons, U.S.A. 1957 I bought a couple of these sturdy Hemingway novels at a thrift store a while back as reading copies. They were a dollar a piece. Checking just now on AbeBooks, I see that there were at least three versions of this book put out [...]

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Seeing

Added on May 17, 2016

Seeing Jose Saramago Harcourt Brace, U.S.A. 2006 Seeing is a sequel to Saramago’s best known novel Blindness. In Seeing, the post-Blindness populace of the same unnamed country cast blank ballots in their parliamentary elections. The government, not knowing how to react, declares a state of emergency. Saramago wrestles with some pretty heavy themes in this book. [...]

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His Illegal Self

Added on March 7, 2016

His Illegal Self Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2008 His Illegal Self was published simultaneously in Britain, Australia and America. Of note, even though he now lives and teaches in New York, because Carey is Australian, the first edition put out by Random House Australia sells for a little more than the others. The [...]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Added on February 20, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee J.B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1960 This book is one of the gems of my collection. Although this is a first book club edition, it came out at the same time as the true first edition. The value of this book has risen since the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set [...]

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Life & Times of Michael K

Added on August 17, 2015

Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee Viking, U.S.A. 1984 This Booker Prize winning novel by J.M. Coetzee follows Michael K, a simple black gardener with a cleft palette, through civil war-torn urban South Africa to his mother’s rural farm. It takes place at the height of apartheid in the late 1970′s and early [...]

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The Sound of Things Falling

Added on July 2, 2015

The Sound of Things Falling Juan Gabriel Vasquez Riverhead Press, New York, 2013 Vasquez won the 2014 IMPAC Award for this quietly intense study on the effects of post traumatic stress disorder in the era of Pablo Escobar and the viciousness surrounding the Colombian drug cartels. The Sound of Things Falling received starred reviews from [...]

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The Garden of Eden – Easton Press

Added on May 21, 2015

The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemingway Easton Press, U.S.A., 1990 Hemingway worked on this novel off and on for over fifteen years, while simultaneously publishing four other novels. It remained unpublished at the time of his death in 1961. According to Wikipedia, Scribner’s edited the unfinished manuscript heavily, cutting 18 chapters and 130,000 words, along [...]

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The Practical Heart

Added on November 7, 2014

The Practical Heart Allan Gurganus Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2001 Allan Gurganus studied with John Cheever at The University of Iowa and in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. According to Wikipedia, Cheever mischievously sold one of Gurganus’ short stories to the New Yorker without telling him first. This collection of four novellas won the 2001 Lambda [...]

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