Ellen Foster [Advance Copy / Uncorrected Proof]

Ellen Foster [Advance Copy / Uncorrected Proof]

Gibbons, Kaye

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Price: $25.00

Place Published: Chapel Hill, NC
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Date Published: 1987
Edition: First edition
Binding: Wrappers
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 5983


A Very Good example of the Advance Copy of Kaye Gibbons' debut book (light bend to the upper corner through page 11, small stain to pages 123 through 146 at the closed page block's leading edge and very lightly invading the outer margin of such pages, tiny spot to the closed page block's upper edge) consisting of the book's signatures sewn together with front and rear wrappers applied and no spine covering (as issued). This highly-acclaimed debut work won the Sue Kaufman Prize for first fiction issued by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as a citation by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and the Modern Library included the book as one of its 200 Best Novels in English published since 1950. Interestingly, Kaye Gibbons has bipolar disorder and wrote "Ellen Foster" during one of her manic phases. The story was based on her own childhood experiences, including her mother's suicide when Kaye Gibbons was 10 years old, and growing up with her alcoholic father who eventually drank himself to death. (Gibbons spent time as a child imagining ways to kill her father herself.) Some compare the book's title character to Twain's Huck Finn and it was after reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" that Gibbons sought to create a similar youthful voice characterized by intelligence and brazenness. A Very Good copy of a remarkable debut novel.

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