The Duke of Deception
NY, Random House, (1979). Folded and gathered sheets (f&gs) of Wolff's acclaimed memoir of his (and his brother Tobias') father. A Pulitzer prize finalist, and a book that reinvigorated the genre of personal memoir, foregoing the standard conventions and developing the narrative arc of an extravagant picaresque novel. Wolff has written a number of other acclaimed books, but The Duke of Deception is perhaps his most influential in the way that it opened up the genre to a new level of candidness. Noted memoirist Mary Karr, author of the award-winning memoir The Liar's Club, was so stunned and moved by Wolff's book when she read it in high school that she tried to get her school to bring him in for a reading and talk. Mild foxing to foredge and top edge; near fine. A scarce format of an important book: f&g's are usually only done in a handful of copies. [#032683] SOLD

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