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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Publication date November 1, 1997
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805054385
ISBN-10 0805054383
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $17.99
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A big black bear named Hal Jam finds a manuscript under a tree in the Maine woods and dons a suit and tie to head to the big city and seek his fame and fortune, in a satirical novel about humanity. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree. Hoping for food, he dragged it into the woods, only to find that all it held was the manuscript of a novel. He couldn't eat it, but he did read it, and decided it wasn't bad. Borrowing some clothes from a local store, and the name Hal Jam from the labels of his favorite foods he headed to New York to seek his fortune in the literary world.

Then he took America by storm.

The Bear Went Over the Mountain
is a riotous, magical romp with the buoyant Hal Jam as he leaves the quiet, nurturing world of nature for the glittering, moneyed world of man. With a pitch-perfect comic voice and an eye for social satire to rival Swift or Wolfe, bestselling author William Kotzwinkle limns Hal's hilarious journey to New York, Los Angeles, and the great sprawling country in between, where a bear makes good despite his animal instincts, and where money-hungry executives see not a hairy beast with a purloined novel, but a rough-hewn, soulful, media-perfect nature guy who just might be the next Hemingway.

By turns sidesplittingly funny, stingingly ironic, and unexpectedly tender, The Bear Went Over the Mountain captures the zeitgeist of the 1990s dead-on, in a delicious bedtime story for grown-ups.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385484282
 
from Doubleday (October 1, 1996)
9780385484282 | details & prices | 306 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $22.50
About: A black bear finds a manuscript in the woods of Maine and becomes a literary sensation from coast to coast, as money-hungry executives shape his image into the next Hemingway
Paperback
Book cover for 9780805054385
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (November 1, 1997)
9780805054385 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.99
About: A black bear finds a manuscript in the woods of Maine and becomes a literary sensation from coast to coast, as money-hungry executives shape his image into the next Hemingway
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781559274074
 
With Michael Prichard (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from St Martins Pr (October 1, 1996)
9781559274074 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A black bear finds a manuscript in the woods of Maine and becomes a literary sensation from coast to coast, as money-hungry executives shape his image into the next Hemingway.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417618200
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (June 26, 2008)
9781439501368 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $24.00
About: Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree.
from Turtleback Books (November 1, 1997); titled "Bear Went Over The Mountain"
9781417618200 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $27.00
About: A black bear finds a manuscript in the woods of Maine and becomes a literary sensation from coast to coast, as money-hungry executives shape his image into the next Hemingway

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