The Flying Machine & Modern Literature. Laurence Goldstein.
The Flying Machine & Modern Literature
The Flying Machine & Modern Literature

The Flying Machine & Modern Literature

ISBN: 0253322189
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by Laurence Goldstein to James Perrizo. "Scholars of modernism are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of technology on the twentieth-century imagination. This book chronicles precisely how the flying machine helped to create two kinds of apocalyptic modes in modern literature: A hopeful sense of access to a new heaven and a new earth and the characteristic sky-paranoia of our time as air power dissolved the limits of the formerly imagined." (from rear flap) A work of great scholarly depth which traces the chronology & significance of a heretofore little-analyzed literary-critical topic: The flying machine, from the Renaissance & Romantic periods through modern authors including Thomas Pynchon & J. G. Ballard. Laurence Goldstein is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan here in our home base of Ann Arbor; a long-time Emeritus Editor of U of M's prestigious journal, The Michigan Quarterly; & an acclaimed, prodigious poet & writer. First edition, first printing as indicated on copyright page, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket with reproduction of "A New Heaven and a New Earth," a 1930 drawing by H. Raymond Bishop. On the title page, Goldstein has hand-inscribed & signed: "For Jim,/ with all best wishes,/ (signed) Laurence Goldstein." "Jim" is the late James Perrizo, a noted collector & scholar who was an assistant to Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife. An important scholarly achievement, & a most desirable Goldstein collectible with rich association & provenance. Book in very fine condition with only light browning to edges of text block; mild browning to blank margins of interior page leaves; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket also in very fine condition with only light rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps & creases at edges & corners of same; a few tiny spots in blank areas & possible sunning (though it may very well have been printed in lighter colors than covers & flaps) to spine. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3186]

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