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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2001). The first issue (pages 430 and 431 transposed) of his National Book Award-winner, in the first issue dust jacket, without the Oprah seal. Franzen courted controversy with his lukewarm response to the book being selected by Oprah for her book club; after the fallout from it, which included his not appearing on her television show, Winfrey went back to her earlier practice of selecting classics, rather than new publications, for her book club. Signed three times by Franzen: once on the title page, once on page 431 (with a frowny face); once on the erratum slip laid in explaining the error (with a smiley face). Fine in a fine dust jacket with the slightest crimp to the crown. [#030721] $300
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2001). An advance audio excerpt from his then-forthcoming novel The Corrections, along with excerpts of ten other books in FSG's Fall 2001 line-up. Cassette tape, signed by Franzen on a small label affixed to the printed cardstock sleeve. Fine. The Corrections won the National Book Award and is consistently cited as one of the top books of the 21st century's "new canon." An unusual advance issue for a literary novel, and likely the only signed copy. [#029924] $125