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Lot 125. (Joe Klein). (Born 1946). American journalist and columnist from Washington, D. C. and New York City. He is the political columnist for Time magazine and is known for his novel Primary Colors

Signed book: Primary Colors. A Novel of Politics. By Anonymous. 6.5x9, hard cover, jacket with $24 price intact. New York: Random House, 1996. 336 pages. Early edition. Signed "Joe Klein" in black ink ontitle page.

Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics is a work of fiction that purports to describe real life characters and events, namely, Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 1992. The book was originally published with the author being anonymous. It was one of the most talked about books in 1992. Commentators called the publishing of the book under an anonymous identity an effective marketing strategy that produced more publicity for the book, and thus more sales, without calling into question the author’s actual inside knowledge. Several people, including former Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet and, later, Vassar professor Donald Foster, correctly identified Klein as the novel’s author, based on a literary analysis of the book and Klein’s previous writing. Klein denied writing the book and publicly condemned Foster. Klein denied authorship again in Newsweek, speculating that another writer wrote it. Washington Post Style editor David von Drehle, in an interview, asked Klein if he was willing to stake his journalistic credibility on his denial, to which Klein agreed. On July 17, 1996, after The Washington Post published the results of a handwriting analysis of notes made on an early manuscript of the book, Klein finally admitted that he was ""Anonymous.""In very good condition. Some creases along corners of jacket.

MB. $35. Est. $65

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