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The Hotel New Hampshire (1981)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), First Edition, First Printing
A Son of the Circus (1994), First Edition, First Printing
A Widow for One Year (1998), First Edition, First Printing
My Movie Business (1999), First Edition, First Printing
The Fourth Hand (2001), First Edition, First Printing
Until I Find You (2005), First Edition, First Printing
Last Night in Twisted River (2009), First Edition, First Printing
In One Person (2012), First Edition, First Printing, LIBRARY EDITION
By John Irving
DESCRIPTION: Will John Irving eventually be known as one of the premiere authors of the entire Postmodernist Age? That's for history to decide, of course, but a strong argument can be made that this is indeed what will eventually happen; a populist yet erudite writer who has spent his long and prolific career straddling the fine line between commercial success and academic respect, nearly all of his 15 books since 1978's The World According to Garp have been national bestsellers, with five of those made into Hollywood movies (and Irving winning an Oscar for his own adaptation of Cider House Rules), even while this Iowa Writers Workshop graduate has racked up several National Book Award nominations over the years (including one win for Garp), as well as a Lambda Award for LGBT literature (in 2013, for his bisexual character drama In One Person). Now CCLaP is proud to present a collected lot containing nine of these books, eight of which are first editions, first printings -- from 1981's influential The Hotel New Hampshire right up to his latest, including three of the four books in his career that have reached number-one in the New York Times bestseller list (the aforementioned Hotel New Hampshire, 1998's A Widow for One Year, and 2001's The Fourth Hand). Being sold as a group for a very reasonable price, in order to inspire an actual sale, this is a great kickstart for any new collector of modern first editions who is just starting out, an all-in-one package that in one fell swoop will bring a person halfway towards owning every book Irving has ever written. (Besides the ones already mentioned, Irving also released three pre-Garp novels that languished in obscurity, plus a nonfiction book called The Imaginary Girlfriend in 1995.) A true bargain in every sense of the word, fans of Postmodernist literature will not want to let this one get away.
CONDITION: Texts: The Hotel New Hampshire and My Movie Business, Fine (F). Nearly indistinguishable from how they appeared brand new. A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Son of the Circus, The Fourth Hand, Until I Find You, and Last Night in Twisted River, Very Good Plus (VG+). In nearly perfect shape except for a series of small problems (see photos for more) -- a little fading on the top edges of Owen Meany, a spine that's a little dirty on Circus, and a little crinkling on the spines of Fourth Hand, Find You and Twisted River. A Widow for One Year, Very Good Minus (VG-). A bit of crinkling on the spine, as well as a previous owner's name in ink on the inside front endpaper. In One Person, Good (G). A former library copy, this particular book has leftover tape on both covers, as well as library IDs stamped on the endpapers and title page.
Dust jackets: Last Night in Twisted River, Fine (F). Nearly indistinguishable from how it appeared brand new. The Hotel New Hampshire, A Son of the Circus, and In One Person, Very Good Plus (VG+). Close to perfect, except for a bit of crinkling along their edges. A Prayer for Owen Meany, My Movie Business, and The Fourth Hand, Very Good (VG). Significant crinkling along the edges, a bit of discoloration along the top of Owen Meany, and a white cover in the case of Movie Business that is a bit dirty. A Widow for One Year and Until I Find You, Very Good Minus (VG-). In the case of Widow, small tears along with the usual crinkling; with Find You, no tears but a forgotten shoplifting tag glued to the inside of the dust jacket.
Please note that eight of these nine books have stated First Edition, First Printing notices on their copyright pages; all but The Hotel New Hampshire, which is a first edition but unnumbered later printing.