Austen: (1983): University of Texas Press. First Edition. Octavo. Item #022471
203pp., inscribed by the author to his historian friend Neil Fitzgerald. This is the first comprehensive literary, biographical, and cultural study of the novelist whom critics dubbed "the inventor of the American novel". This is a literary history as well as criticism, with insights into a writer's sources and influences and the psychology of literary composition. It is also a fascinating examination of a nation's emotional and intellectual impact on a young man in search of his identity as a creative artist. A fine bright copy bound in maroon cloth, spine lettering gilt, in a near fine pictorial dust jacket.