A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, INSCRIBED BY JOHN IRVING
IRVING, John. A Prayer For Owen Meany. New York: William Morrow, (1989). Octavo, original half gray cloth, original dust jacket.
First trade edition, inscribed on the title page, written above the title, “For Sheila,” and following a line through his printed name, signed “John Irving.”
When this, his seventh novel, appeared, “Irving’s powerful storytelling, his gift for creating memorable characters, his humor and his elemental emotional power stimulated critics to compare him to Charles Dickens” (Chronology of American Literature). “A rare creation in the somehow exhausted world of late 20th-century fiction-it is an amazingly brave piece of work” (Stephen King). Preceded by a signed limited edition the same year.
Boards lightly sunned and bumped, dust jacket lightly rubbed. A very nearly fine inscribed copy.