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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date November 1, 2003
Pages 195
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375401466
ISBN-10 0375401466
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9.50 in.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
During his senior year at an elite New England prep school, a young man who had struggled to find it with his contemporaries finds his life unraveling thanks to the school's obsession with literary figures and their work during a visit from an author for whose blessing a young writer would do almost anything. By the author of This Boy's Life. A first novel. 40,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The author of the genre-defining memoir This Boy’s Life, the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning novella The Barracks Thief, and short stories acclaimed as modern classics, Tobias Wolff now gives us his first novel.
Determined to fit in at his New England prep school, the narrator has learned to mimic the bearing and manners of his adoptive tribe while concealing as much as possible about himself. His final year, however, unravels everything he’s achieved, and steers his destiny in directions no one could have predicted.
The school’s mystique is rooted in Literature, and for many boys this becomes an obsession, editing the review and competing for the attention of visiting writers whose fame helps to perpetuate the tradition. Robert Frost, soon to appear at JFK’s inauguration, is far less controversial than the next visitor, Ayn Rand. But the final guest is one whose blessing a young writer would do almost anything to gain.

No one writes more astutely than Wolff about the process by which character is formed, and here he illuminates the irresistible power, even the violence, of the self-creative urge. Resonant in ways at once contemporary and timeless, Old School is a masterful achievement by one of the finest writers of our time.

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Hardcover
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (November 1, 2003)
9780375401466 | details & prices | 195 pages | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $24.00
About: During his senior year at an elite New England prep school, a young man who had struggled to fit in with his contemporaries finds his life unraveling due to the school's obsession with literary figures and their work.
from Random House Inc (November 1, 2003)
9789990059687 | details & prices | List price $0.02
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (September 1, 2004)
9780375701498 | details & prices | 195 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: During his senior year at an elite New England prep school, a young man who had struggled to fit in with his contemporaries finds his life unraveling due to the school's obsession with literary figures and their work.
Reinforced
from Demco Media (September 1, 2004)
9780606335430 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $21.25
About: During his senior year at an elite New England prep school, a young man who had struggled to fit in with his contemporaries finds his life unraveling due to the school's obsession with literary figures and their work.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 20, 2008)
9781439566015 | details & prices | 195 pages | List price $21.95
from Turtleback Books (September 1, 2004)
9781417664559 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $24.50
About: During his senior year at an elite New England prep school, a young man who had struggled to fit in with his contemporaries finds his life unraveling due to the school's obsession with literary figures and their work.

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