First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4769
New York: Dutton, 1992. Stated First Printing with full numberline. Signed by Oates on full title to fellow author, columnist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire with brief inscription: "for William Safire -- with much admiration, and warmest best wishes. Joyce Carol Oates 2 Sept. 1995." Octavo; 154pp. Illustrated dust jacket with original $17.00 price; book in dark blue paper-covered boards with black cloth spine and gilt lettering. Jacket lightly shelfworn with a clean .75" tear at top front, a couple tiny tears along top back, and some scuffing down front flap fold at fore-edge. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Oates's novella, nominated for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer, was loosely inspired by the 1969 "Chappaquiddick incident" during which Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge resulting in the drowning of his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, who remained trapped inside the vehicle.