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Earthly Powers. by  Anthony Burgess - Signed First Edition - 1980 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 115443)

Earthly Powers.

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Earthly Powers.

by Burgess, Anthony

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New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980. First edition of this epic masterpiece by the author of A Clockwork Orange, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jose Matos, A man in search of a magician Anthony Burgess." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear to the spine. Jacket design by One Plus One Studio. In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its center are two twentieth-century men who represent different kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, a past-his-prime author of mediocre fiction, a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into, bitter, luxurious old age, living in self-exile on Malta; and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God, eventually of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood beloved Pope, who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect. Through the lives of these two modern men Burgess explores the very essence of power in a narrative that spans from Hollywood, to Dublin, Nairobi, Paris, and beyond. "Burgess is the great postmodern storehouse of British writing-an important experimentalist; an encyclopaedic amasser, but also a maker of form; a playful comic, with a dark gloom" (Malcolm Bradbury)

Synopsis

Earthly Powers is a panoramic saga of the 20th century by Anthony Burgess first published in 1980. On one level it is a parody of a "blockbuster" novel, with the 81-year-old hero, Kenneth Toomey (allegedly based on British author W. Somerset Maugham), telling the story of his life in 81 chapters. It "summed up the literary, social and moral history of the century with comic richness as well as encyclopedic knowingness", according to Malcolm Bradbury.

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book dealer
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
115443
Title
Earthly Powers.
Author
Burgess, Anthony
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Simon and Schuster
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1980
Keywords
Earthly Powers First Edition Signed

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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inscribed
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