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THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER - Wolfe, Gene - 1980. 
Simon and Schuster ., New York - Octavo, printed wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Wolfe to David Hartwell, who bought the book for Simon and Schuster and edited it, on the title page: "To Dave Hartwell the editor of / this book and many others / at the ABA '80 / Gene Wolfe." First book of "The Book of the New Sun." Winner of the 1981 World Fantasy Award for best novel. Winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award, Novel, 1982. "Though never the most popular nor the most influential author in the sf field, Wolfe remains quite possibly its most important, both for the intense literary achievement of his best work, and for the very considerable volume of work of the highest quality. From the first, and with a prolific output that has not ebbed for more than four decades, he has created texts which - almost uniquely - marry Modernism and sf, rather than putting them into rhetorical opposition; his ultimate importance to world literature derives from the success of that marriage." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1282. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-270. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 95. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 154-60. The book's title is lightly inked on the spine panel. A nearly fine copy. The ultimate association copy of the first book of one of the major works of contemporary SF. (#154862) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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