First Edition of Ken Burns; Inscribed by Ken Burns
Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography.
Burns, Ken; Geoffrey C. Ward & Dayton Duncan.$150.00
Item Number: 5741
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.
First edition. Quarto, original original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Robert Sargent Fay Ken Burns December 16,2002.” The recipient was a consulting photographer for this PBS documentary, Mark Twain, directed by Ken Burns. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Ernest Hemingway called Huckleberry Finn “the best book we’ve ever had. There was nothing before. There’s been nothing as good since.” Critical opinion of this book hasn’t dimmed since Hemingway uttered these words; as author Russell Banks says in these pages, Twain “makes possible an American literature which would otherwise not have been possible.” He was the most famous American of his day, and remains in ours the most universally revered American writer. Here the master storytellers Geoffrey Ward, Ken Burns, and Dayton Duncan give us the first fully illustrated biography of Mark Twain, American literature’s touchstone, its funniest and most inventive figure.