New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1926. Octavo. Original black cloth, gold labels to spine and front board. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box. Title-page vignette by Cleonike Damianakes. Extremities slightly rubbed, front inner hinge cracked but firm, margins of text block gently toned, text block slightly strained in a couple of places. A very good copy. First edition, first printing, first issue. Presentation copy inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper: "To Cuyler Stevens with all best wishes, Ernest Hemingway" and with Stevens's bookplate on the front pastedown. Stevens was in the Princeton class of 1926, and a copy of Winner Take Nothing inscribed to Stevens was in the landmark Goodwin sale. "The Sun Also Rises did not rock the country, but it received a number of hat-in-the-air reviews and it soon became a handbook of conduct for the new generation... how much of the novel seems marvelously fresh as when it first appeared... It is all carved in stone, bigger and truer than life; and it is the work of a man who, having ended his busy term of apprenticeship, was already a master at twenty-six" (Malcolm Cowley, A Second Flowering, pp. 70-73). First issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, line 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. )
"This was the one book I never read from EH. I have to say it is an outstanding achievement of the human experience. What a book! Finishing it gives you a feeling of what's real, eternal and why our lives are full of contradictions. "
John Banville is an Irish novelist and screenwriter born in 1945. He sometimes writes under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. His eighteenth novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. Banville is known for the dark humor of his arch narrators and his cold, inventive prose style.
In this novel, Banville's main character is Max Morden, an art historian, who has recently suffered the demise of his beloved wife Anna. It is a journey back down the earliest roadways and alleys of Max's memory. Intertwined within this story are Max’s memories of his wife, Anna and of their life together; his relationship with his grown daughter, Claire, who is desperate to pull him from his grief; and with the other boarders at the house where he is staying, where the past beats inside him “like a second heart.” John Banville, famous for his poetic language, now gives us a uniquely reflective novel about loss, love and the transfiguring power of memory.
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