"O’BRIEN CUTS TO THE HEART OF WRITING ABOUT WAR": THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, SIGNED BY TIM O'BRIEN
O'BRIEN, Tim. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket.
First trade edition of O'Brien’s acclaimed fifth book, high on a "short list of essential fiction about Vietnam" (New York Times), signed by him on the title page.
"Only a handful of novels and short stories have managed to clarify, in any lasting way, the meaning of the war in Vietnam for America and for the soldiers who served there. With The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien adds his second title to the short list of essential fiction about Vietnam… By moving beyond the horror of the fighting to examine with sensitivity and insight the nature of courage and fear… he places The Things They Carried high up on the list of best fiction about any war… O'Brien cuts to the heart of writing about war" (New York Times). The stories gathered here appeared originally in leading magazines such as Esquire. The title story also appeared in Best American Short Stories 1987; "Speaking of Courage" and "The Ghost Soldiers" both won O. Henry Awards (1978 and 1982, respectively). First edition, first issue: with first printing dust jacket misaligned as issued. Preceded only by the signed Franklin Mint edition. Trace of remainder mark to lower fore-edge.
A fine signed copy.