The Corrections

Added September 30, 2015
  • The Corrections
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, U.S.A. 2001

the-corrections-front_-cover_ The Corrections won the 2001 National Book Award and the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It was runner-up for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, the 2002 Pen/Faulkner Award, and the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was named one of the top ten books of 2001 by the New York Times and was a finalist for the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

After initially accepting her offer, Franzen soon waffled and began to voice his reluctance at The Corrections being selected as an Oprah’s pick, the-corrections-erratum-slip_ saying that he thought the Oprah’s pick logo on the book’s jacket would dissuade men from reading his book. The press coverage he received after this helped make The Corrections one of the best selling American books of the decade.

the-corrections-copy_ This is the true first edition and is quite rare. After printing the small first run, the publisher found that pages 430 and 431 had been reversed, and so a erratum note was bound in between those two pages.

I would rate the condition of this copy very good/near fine. The book has some light staining of the page edges and a remainder mark in the form of a felt pen dot on the top of the text block. The dust jacket is almost perfect. the-corrections-signature

Today’s value of these signed true firsts is surprisingly low — between about $100 to $500, depending on condition. Because of the condition issues I mentioned and the fact that this copy is not signed directly on the title page, rather, on a tipped-in book plate from the publisher, the value of this copy would be at the lower end of the range.

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