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The Music School : John Updike INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY UPDIKE to Geoffrey Gorer

The Music School : John Updike INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY UPDIKE to Geoffrey Gorer

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By John Updike

"For Geoffrey Gorer with best wishes and seasonal greetings, John Updike"

Published by Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1966. First US Edition. Hardback book. No dust jacket present. 259 pages.

A very good signed first US edition. Boards and spine are good. Endpapers good. No names or writing except for that of the authors inscription. All pages clean throughout. Overall a very good first edition.

he Music School is a place of learning, in which a sheltered South Dakota boy meets his roommate at Harvard, a rebel with whom he will have a violent—and ambiguous—physical encounter; a warring married couple, Richard and Joan Maple, try and try again to find solace in sex; and Henry Bech, an unprolific American writer publicizing himself far from home, enjoys a moment of improbable, poignant, untranslatable connection with a Bulgarian poetess. In these twenty short stories, each evidence of his early mastery, John Updike brings us a world—a world of fumbling, pausing, and beginning again; a world sensitively felt and lovingly expressed; a world whose pianissimo harmonies demand new subtleties of fictional form.

Geoffrey Edgar Solomon Gorer
(26 March 1905 – 24 May 1985) was an English anthropologist and author, noted for his application of psychoanalytic techniques to anthropology.

Born into a non-practicing Jewish family, he was educated at Charterhouse and at Jesus College, Cambridge. During the 1930s he wrote unpublished fiction and drama. His first book was The Revolutionary Ideas of the Marquis de Sade (1934, revised 1953, 1964). He then published an account of a journey he made following Féral Benga in Africa, Africa Dances (1935, new edns. 1945 : Penguin, 1949, 1962; Eland 2003), which was a considerable success and proved to be a springboard for a career as a writer and anthropologist. After Africa Dances, his career was advanced by the publishers and anthropologists now taking a keen interest in his well-regarded work. Another cultural study followed: Bali and Angkor, or, Looking at Life and Death (1936). Hot Strip Tease appeared in 1937 and Himalayan Village in 1938.

His admiration for George Orwell's novel Burmese Days led him to contact Orwell in 1935. They remained good friends until Orwell's death in 1950.
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