Complete collection of signed first printings of the 'Rabbit' Angstrom tetralogy.
Near fine or better, in fine or near fine jackets.
"It's hard not to see the grinning American skull behind Rabbit's happiness..." – Patricia Lockwood
The series that made and maintained Updike's reputation: first, with RABBIT, RUN, introducing the splendors and miseries of the grown-up high-school athlete, his glories behind him and his suburban responsibilities upon him; then the ten-years-after sequel, RABBIT REDUX, in which all the tumult and ferment of a decade arrives tangled and compressed into what even the most stony-hearted and unforgiving of critics must agree is, after all, a novel. The subsequent RABBIT IS RICH won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, as did the following and final RABBIT AT REST, wherein a decrepit Harry Angstrom sets out to make his wife unhappy one last time by sleeping with his daughter-in-law for no particular reason. By the end he is dead or ready to die, granting critics full license to call the book by that most beloved of critical adjectives, "elegiac."
Taken as a whole, the 'Rabbit' quartet is a portrait of pleasure without happiness; dissatisfaction without remorse; patriotism without purpose; self-righteousness without virtue; nostalgia without love. As a set of Great American Novels, the reflected picture of the nation is thus unkind; but unkind does not necessarily imply untrue. In 'Rabbit' Angstrom's decline, Updike writes the failing heartbeat of the long twentieth century.
Read more: Lockwood, "Malfunctioning Sex Robot," London Review of Books; Oates, "Rabbit at Rest," The New York Times.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960-1990. Four volumes, 8'' x 5.25'' each. All original cloth, in original unclipped dust jackets. Each volume signed by Updike; RABBIT, RUN and RABBIT AT REST additionally inscribed. RABBIT, RUN boards lightly sunned at edges; minor scuffing to jacket extremities. Spine of RABBIT IS RICH mildly bumped.
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