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Sheppard Lee: Written By Himself
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Review of Books
Publication date January 15, 2008
Pages 425
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590172292
ISBN-10 1590172299
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Originally published in 1836.

Sheppard Lee, Written By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic. Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his soul into other men's bodies. What follows is one increasingly practiced body snatcher's picaresque journey through early American pursuits of happiness, as each new form Sheppard Lee assumes disappoints him anew while making him want more and more. When Lee's metempsychosis draws him into the marriage market, the money market, and the slave market, Bird's fable of American upward mobility takes a more sinister turn. Lee learns that everything in America, even virtue and vice, are interchangeable; everything is an object and has its price. 
Looking forward to Melville's The Confidence-Man and beyond that to William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, this strange and compelling story is a penetrating critique of American life and values as well as a crucial addition to the canon of American literature.

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Reprint edition from New York Review of Books (January 15, 2008)
9781590172292 | details & prices | 425 pages | 5.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Originally published in 1836.
from Createspace Independent Pub (January 1, 1836)
9781508722885 | details & prices | 128 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.29 in. | List price $14.50
About: It will scarcely be supposed that, with the passion of covetousness gnawing at my heart, I had space or convenience for any other feeling.

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