“Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Inscribed by John Irving to Fellow Writer John Helyar

  • A Prayer For Owen Meany.

A Prayer For Owen Meany.

$1,350.00

Item Number: 65345

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989.

First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For John Helyar John Irving.” The recipient is the author of the classic business book Barbarians at the Gate and Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Honi Werner.

A Prayer for Owen Meany won high praise on publication for “Irving’s powerful storytelling, his gift for creating memorable characters, his humor and his elemental emotional power” (Chronology of American Literature). "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).

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