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The Eighth Day [Inscribed Association Copy] by  Thornton WILDER - Signed First Edition - (1967) - from Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA (SKU: 030149)

The Eighth Day [Inscribed Association Copy]

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The Eighth Day [Inscribed Association Copy]

by WILDER, Thornton

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NY: Harper. (1967). The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning (Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Bridge of San Luis Rey) author's National Book Award winning novel. Inscribed by the author: "For JEAN and WALTER with deep regard and affection ever/ Thornton/ March 21, 1967." As with another copy of this book that was inscribed by Wilder on the same day, the recipients names are filled in in what appears to be a child's hand, while the inscription itself is in Wilder's small cursive. We are unaware of the point of this. We do know that Wilder was in New York on this date, and that he had reason to behold the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Walter Kerr and his wife, the writer Jean Kerr (of Please Don't Eat the Daisies fame) with deep regard and affection: Walter Kerr lauded Wilder's work repeatedly in the 1960s, from his off-Broadway work ("the very special voice of Thornton Wilder...the homely, jaunty, gently poetic sound of it..."), to the cultural phenomenon that was Hello, Dolly!, which was based on Wilder's The Matchmaker. This is conjecture on our part, but suffice it to say we could not come up with another New York Jean and Walter that would fit the bill here. Regardless, an undeniably gorgeous, inscribed copy of a National Book Award winner: fine in a fine dust jacket. Unless otherwise noted, our first editions are first printings. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine.


Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He received three Pulitzer Prizes and won the National Book Award in 1968 for his famous novel, The Eighth Day . The story is set in a mining town in southern Illinois in the early 1900’s. John Ashley, a gifted engineer as well as an accused murderer, has been sentenced to death for the shooting of his best friend during their friendly weekly rifle practice. His flight to freedom comes on the eve of his execution and the mystery continues to haunt the victim’s young wife and children. The book moves forward and backward in time to explore the reactions of the community and of the family to the bizarre events that transpire. A beautifully written family sage by one of America’s most epic authors.


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Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA US (US)
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The Eighth Day [Inscribed Association Copy]
WILDER, Thornton
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Used - Fine
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First Edition
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All books are First Editions or First American Editions in dust jackets unless otherwise noted and are returnable within 30 days.

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Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA

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About Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA

We deal in rare books, specializing in modern literary first editions. We regularly issue catalogs of Modern Literature and less regularly issue catalogs of Native American Literature, the Literature of the Vietnam War and the 1960s, and Nature Writing. Ken is a former President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. We maintain an office in Hadley, Massachusetts and welcome visitors by appointment. We are always interested in buying rare books, manuscripts, or related material in any of our areas of specialty and are happy to hear from anyone offering such items to us.


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