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SOLD - Vintage Book first edition Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 1971 with scarce jacket classic American novel won Nobel Prize in 1972

SOLD - Vintage Book first edition Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 1971 with scarce jacket classic American novel won Nobel Prize in 1972

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There is no other book like this one.

First thing, this book won a Pulitzer Prize. That should make you want to read it. It made me want to. You always have to wonder with these books, why was it so popular, what made it resonate with so many people, was it really written that well, was it really all that? So I found this rare first edition on a lucky hunt and I read it, and I can tell you it is all it's cracked up to be. I should never have doubted, and neither should you.

Wallace Stegner is a writer whose name you might recognize because he wrote up until the end of his life in 1993, and was the author of many works and even more well known for his teaching career which produced students turned famous writers, so many he was known as the "Dean of Western Writers." None of his works or achievements were so lauded and continue to be today, however, as this one, Angle of Repose.

Stegner is still widely known even just from his name, because it carries a huge weight in the writing community with so many hopeful authors that other people may not be able to understand--I'm talking of the Stegner Fellowship, a two-year awarded creative writing program, a coveted position and one hosted by the school he founded, Stanford University. Ever heard of it? Exactly. Nearly every aspiring writer applies for it at least once in their lifetime, and the recipients are incredibly lucky and talented to get it.

And all this named after a man and his book, Wallace Stegner and The Angle of Repose.

The publisher introduces the work on the inside front jacket in a similarly staggering fashion, making you almost take a step back and finally think, "really?" Keeping in mind all that I said above, though, the introduction makes sense. It goes: "In the unfolding drama of the story of America, there are a few literary milestones which point the way toward understanding not only the past but the present, and it is in such company that Wallace Stegner's masterwork, Angle of Repose, must take its place. Mr. Stegner has written a novel, but the story he tells transcends fiction. It is an investigation, an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's."

Wow, right? Well, read the book! The story may transcend fiction but in literature it is fiction, and revolves around an American family, four generations of a family in fact, so it involves much time passing, and as Stegner says himself it is "about the relations of a man with his ancestors and his descendants." But the people in this book don't stay stagnant--they move. That is the crux of the work, in fact, that people move, and this family is THE example of the American move Westward, a pioneer piece, a historical fiction that mirrors the true experiences of people so closely as it passes from 1860 to 1970 that it left readers in awe, and continues to do so when new readers encounter it. Much nonfiction is taught about the great American Move West, toward gold, toward opportunity and hope and adventure and the New World, away from the troubles of the old. And while you can learn something in nonfiction that you can't learn in fiction, you can certainly do so the other way around--Stegner proves this with his novel. Knowing and following this American family through time and through the United States as they become the United States and stretch out to include even more, you are almost taken there yourself, and that is something no textbook can do for you.

This is truly a collectible item, a stated First Edition of a work that is so important and well-written it will stand the test of time, and won one of the greatest awards there is out there to win when it came out, the Pulitzer Prize, making Stegner a literary "winner." So, whoever owns this book owns the man's crowning achievement at the time, what made him a Pulitzer Prizewinning author and catapulted him into the light of literary history. Imagine how he would feel to know that someone like you bought this work to own yourself because you had to have it on your shelf, this very first publication of this very weighty masterwork and not just another copy republished so many times that is taught in schools and shelved in libraries and sold on Amazon, that you had to have this one--for him to know his work was so appreciated by you would make him glad because to write a work like this he had to give so much of himself. To know it was worth it, that's what would make him smile, just like it will make me smile to send this book to you.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: Angle of Repose
-Author: Wallace Stegner
-Format: Hardcover, stated "FIRST EDITION," colored dust jacket
-Condition: Near mint. Inside front and back flaps have both corners cut slant-wise but this does not mess with any text or images, just makes the flaps look strangely trapezoid-al for no reason. :) No markings or writing inside or out, pretty much like new. Dust jacket shows wear on corners and at the top but not much as you can see in the pictures!
-Publisher: Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City NY
-Copyright: Wallace Stegner, 1971
-Date Published: 1971
-Provenance: I picked this up from a book-trader -- I gave them another novel of mine they seemed interested in. This was a few months ago when I still lived in Boston and did not have my site up yet, and was selling/dealing solely in person and via email, 2016.
-Pricing: There is only one other copy out there I can find of this novel, a genuine stated first edition with its dust jacket, and it is currently on eBay for 225 dollars, so I priced mine lower than that because I know that though the book is worth this amount, not everyone will be willing to pay that much, and I have a higher chance of selling mine at a lower price than theirs, of course! :)
There is no other book like this one.

First thing, this book won a Pulitzer Prize. That should make you want to read it. It made me want to. You always have to wonder with these books, why was it so popular, what made it resonate with so many people, was it really written that well, was it really all that? So I found this rare first edition on a lucky hunt and I read it, and I can tell you it is all it's cracked up to be. I should never have doubted, and neither should you.

Wallace Stegner is a writer whose name you might recognize because he wrote up until the end of his life in 1993, and was the author of many works and even more well known for his teaching career which produced students turned famous writers, so many he was known as the "Dean of Western Writers." None of his works or achievements were so lauded and continue to be today, however, as this one, Angle of Repose.

Stegner is still widely known even just from his name, because it carries a huge weight in the writing community with so many hopeful authors that other people may not be able to understand--I'm talking of the Stegner Fellowship, a two-year awarded creative writing program, a coveted position and one hosted by the school he founded, Stanford University. Ever heard of it? Exactly. Nearly every aspiring writer applies for it at least once in their lifetime, and the recipients are incredibly lucky and talented to get it.

And all this named after a man and his book, Wallace Stegner and The Angle of Repose.

The publisher introduces the work on the inside front jacket in a similarly staggering fashion, making you almost take a step back and finally think, "really?" Keeping in mind all that I said above, though, the introduction makes sense. It goes: "In the unfolding drama of the story of America, there are a few literary milestones which point the way toward understanding not only the past but the present, and it is in such company that Wallace Stegner's masterwork, Angle of Repose, must take its place. Mr. Stegner has written a novel, but the story he tells transcends fiction. It is an investigation, an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's."

Wow, right? Well, read the book! The story may transcend fiction but in literature it is fiction, and revolves around an American family, four generations of a family in fact, so it involves much time passing, and as Stegner says himself it is "about the relations of a man with his ancestors and his descendants." But the people in this book don't stay stagnant--they move. That is the crux of the work, in fact, that people move, and this family is THE example of the American move Westward, a pioneer piece, a historical fiction that mirrors the true experiences of people so closely as it passes from 1860 to 1970 that it left readers in awe, and continues to do so when new readers encounter it. Much nonfiction is taught about the great American Move West, toward gold, toward opportunity and hope and adventure and the New World, away from the troubles of the old. And while you can learn something in nonfiction that you can't learn in fiction, you can certainly do so the other way around--Stegner proves this with his novel. Knowing and following this American family through time and through the United States as they become the United States and stretch out to include even more, you are almost taken there yourself, and that is something no textbook can do for you.

This is truly a collectible item, a stated First Edition of a work that is so important and well-written it will stand the test of time, and won one of the greatest awards there is out there to win when it came out, the Pulitzer Prize, making Stegner a literary "winner." So, whoever owns this book owns the man's crowning achievement at the time, what made him a Pulitzer Prizewinning author and catapulted him into the light of literary history. Imagine how he would feel to know that someone like you bought this work to own yourself because you had to have it on your shelf, this very first publication of this very weighty masterwork and not just another copy republished so many times that is taught in schools and shelved in libraries and sold on Amazon, that you had to have this one--for him to know his work was so appreciated by you would make him glad because to write a work like this he had to give so much of himself. To know it was worth it, that's what would make him smile, just like it will make me smile to send this book to you.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: Angle of Repose
-Author: Wallace Stegner
-Format: Hardcover, stated "FIRST EDITION," colored dust jacket
-Condition: Near mint. Inside front and back flaps have both corners cut slant-wise but this does not mess with any text or images, just makes the flaps look strangely trapezoid-al for no reason. :) No markings or writing inside or out, pretty much like new. Dust jacket shows wear on corners and at the top but not much as you can see in the pictures!
-Publisher: Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City NY
-Copyright: Wallace Stegner, 1971
-Date Published: 1971
-Provenance: I picked this up from a book-trader -- I gave them another novel of mine they seemed interested in. This was a few months ago when I still lived in Boston and did not have my site up yet, and was selling/dealing solely in person and via email, 2016.
-Pricing: There is only one other copy out there I can find of this novel, a genuine stated first edition with its dust jacket, and it is currently on eBay for 225 dollars, so I priced mine lower than that because I know that though the book is worth this amount, not everyone will be willing to pay that much, and I have a higher chance of selling mine at a lower price than theirs, of course! :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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