New York: Random House, (1976).


Hardcover. First edition. Extremities of the boards a little sunned and a touch of foxing, else about fine in near fine dustwrapper with two short creased tears at the extremities and a small crease on the front flap. An uncharacteristically effusive Inscription by Adler to Stefan Kanfer and dated nearly two months before the official publication date: "For Stefan, Who is on chapter five of a major book - and who brings the sunshine, With love, Renata. 8/4/76." According to Adler in her book *Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker* (1999), Kanfer "... my friend since the days when I was the film critic for *The New York Times*, and he for *Time*" gave Adler baffling but succesful advice on how to get the last sentence in *Speedboat* past editorial objections when an excerpt was set to appear in *The New Yorker* and where she noted "Trust Uncle Kanfer". Adler's inscriptions in general tend to be uncommon, and also lean towards the terse. This is an especially warm inscription, and a significant association in probably Adler's most important book, an experimental novel that was originally published serially in *The New Yorker*. The book was the winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and reportedly influenced a number of writers including David Foster Wallace.

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Item #461753 Speedboat. Renata ADLER.