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1 GARDNER, John Biamonte, Daniel Freddy's Book. First Edition in dustjacket
Knopf, New York, 1980, ISBN:039450920x 
GARDNER, John. Freddy's Book. Illustrated by Daniel Biamonte. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. First Edition. Pp (10),[3]-[246],(2). Illustrated. 8vo, tan cloth, gilt lettering to front board and spine, top edge dyed pale blue. John Champlin Gardner Jr. (b. July 21, 1933, Batavia, New York – d. September 14, 1982, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania) American novelist, essayist, and literary critic. "From one of America's most distinguished and admired novelists—an irresistible novel within a novel, a metaphysical folktale. It begins on a Midwestern campus as an aging, bespectacled professor of Scandinavian history announces to a younger historian and folklorist, "I have a son who's a monster." And in the middle of the night, it is this "monster," Freddy—a painfully shy, obese, eight-foot-tall adolescent (he hides himself away from everyone but his father)—-who deposits in the visiting historian's room his book, Freddy's Book: a fabulous tale of sixteentli-century Scandinavia — of lords and peasants, of soldiers, knights, and bishops locked in combat to gain power, to keep it, and to subvert the Devil, whose bargain they all, in various ways, have accepted. Freddy's creation—its darkness, its clash of temperaments and dreams, its narrow escapes, fierce encounters, and overall tone of profound confrontation - poignantly mirrors theyoung man's wn secret anguish and fantasy, his moving and troubled relatio nship with his father. And it mirrors as well the sixteenth-century world in vvhich the presence of the Devil and the balance between good and evil were so palpably and adventurously perceived as elements of individual will and destiny." (from the dj). Very good in price-clipped dustjacket (a few short tears and a 1/2" label mark on front panel). 25.00

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