First Edition Of The Authors First Book Housekeeping; Signed By Marilynne Robinson
Item Number: 2119
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1981.
First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s memorable first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Marilynne Robinson on the title page. Laid in is a pamplet of a lecture given by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that has a closed tear near the spine crown. Jacket art by Robert Sabin.
"Here's a first novel that sounds as if the author has been treasuring it up all her life . . . You can feel in the book a gathering voluptuous release of confidence, a delighted surprise at the unexpected capacities of language, a close, careful fondness for people that we thought only saints felt" (The New York Times). In 2003 Guardian Unlimited named it one of its 100 greatest novels of all time, describing it as a "haunting, poetic story, drowned in water and light." It is the basis for the 1987 movie directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Christine Lahti.