First Edition of The Imaginary Girlfriend; Signed by John Irving

  • An Imaginary Girlfriend.

An Imaginary Girlfriend.


Item Number: 242

London: Bloomsbury, 1996.

First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

“The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling. . . . Tales of encounters with writers (John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut) are intertwined with those about his wrestling teammates and coaches. With humor and compassion, [Irving] details the few truly important lessons he learned about writing. . . . And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well" (The Denver Post).

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