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												The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by  William Goldman
	 - First Edition
			 - 1973-09-01
		 - from The Book House in Dinkytown (SKU: 279213)

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by Goldman, William

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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc, 1973-09-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1973; stated First Edition with 'B C D E' centered beneath, indicating First Printing (true 1st edition), per HBJ practice at this time; copy of the first version of the letter distributed by HBJ laid-in at front (more about letter at end of description); [viii], 308pp.; light grey cloth boards with stamped black and red titling on spine; two-color text, black for "Morgenstern", red for "Goldman". Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; very minor wear at head/foot of spine, else boards in very good condition, corners sharp, titling bold; text also very good throughout; a few very small, sparse foxing spots on top and front edges of page block. Unclipped dust jacket ($7.95) has some minor fraying over spine ends, one small closed tear at top edge of rear panel, and a gentle crease to the front inner flap, else in VG/NF condition; jacket arrives wrapped in protective mylar. On the letter: (from "The book is peppered with interruptions from Goldman, telling the reader what he left out of the original text. Only once does he mention writing his own scene, a powerfully emotional reunion scene between the story’s hero, Wesley, and his true love, Buttercup. But it’s not in the book, Goldman explains, because the publisher wouldn’t allow him to put words into the great Morgenstern’s mouth. Goldman does, however, tell the reader that they can get the scene he wrote mailed to them if they write to the book’s publisher, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Thousands of people dutifully wrote in, who helped oblige Goldman in his trickery and multi-level storytelling. Because nobody ever got that scene. Goldman certainly never wrote one, but that wasn’t the point. The point is that, if you wrote in to HBJ (and later, Random House), you got a funny letter perpetuating the Goldman “character” and Morgenstern charade … and never the reunion scene." Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The Princess Bride is a 1973 novel written by William Goldman. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and fairy tale. It is presented as if it were an abridgment of a work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's 'commentary' asides are constant throughout. It was made into a film of the same name in 1987 by Rob Reiner, and an attempt to adapt it into a musical was made by Adam Guettel.


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On Oct 5 2010, Blue_Moon_Bookshop said:
This is an easy book to recommend. It can be appreciated on several levels. Most simply, it is an action filled romance, set in medieval times, chronicling tribulations a young farm boy who leaves home to make his fortune and so win the love of Buttercup. The plot is full of twists and turns, and while it's entirely suitable for young adults, the book shortly reveals itself as gently crafted sendup of both romance and adventure. Golding's finely crafted prose maintains your interest, and the humorous intent gradually builds. There are numerous great scenes ("For you see, I am also not left-handed" and "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya" come to mind), and the dialog, while uneven, is at time sublime. While this is probably not great literature, and it may not make you a better person, it may very likely provide you with excellent entertainment. The movie adaptation is very well done, but it leaves out much of the subtlety and character development the Golding provides. The Princess Bride is a fun read.


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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
Goldman, William
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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc
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