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Rice Anne; Merrick A Novel

SKU: Rice, Anne AB020411-044 $94.95
First Trade Edition of Merrick, A Novel by Anne Rice published by. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Toronto in 2000. Signed by the author on the title page. Publishera's original binding and dust jacket. Very fine condition. Anne Rice (born Howard Allen O'Brien; October 4, 1941) is a best-selling American author of gothic, erotic, and religious-themed books from New Orleans, Louisiana. She was married to poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years until his death from cancer in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history. Early years: Rice spent most of her early life in New Orleans, Louisiana, which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. She was the second daughter in a Catholic Irish American family; Rice's sister, the late Alice Borchardt, also became a noted genre author. About her unusual given name, Rice said: "My birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father's name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do." Rice became "Anne" on her first day of school, when a nun asked her what her name was. She told the nun "Anne," which she considered a pretty name. Her mother, who was with her, let it go without correcting her, knowing how self-conscious her daughter was of her real name. From that day on, everyone she knew addressed her as "Anne." In 1958, when Rice was 16, her father moved the family to north Texas, taking up residence in Richardson. Her mother had died three years before of alcoholism. Rice met her future husband, Stan Rice, while they were both students at Richardson High School. Rice graduated from Richardson High School, in 1959 and then began college at Texas Woman's University in Denton and later North Texas State College. She then relocated with Stan to San Francisco for a year where Anne attended San Francisco State University and obtained a B.A. in Political Science. During this time she also worked as an insurance claims examiner. Anne returned to Denton to marry Stan. He became an instructor at San Francisco State shortly after receiving his M.A. there, and Anne lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1962 to 1988, experiencing the birth of the Hippie Revolution first hand as they lived in the soon to be fabled Haight-Ashbury district. "I'm a totally conservative person," she later told the New York Times (November 7, 1988). "In the middle of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s, I was typing away while everybody was dropping acid and smoking grass. I was known as my own square." She would not return to New Orleans until 1989. Anne's daughter Michele was born on September 21, 1966, and died of leukemia on August 5, 1972. She returned to the Catholic Church in 1998 after several years of describing herself as an "atheist." She announced she would now use her life and talent of writing to glorify her belief in God but has not expressly renounced her earlier works. Her son Christopher Rice was born in Berkeley, California, in 1978 and is a best selling author. On January 30, 2004, having already put the largest of her three homes up for sale, Rice announced her plans to leave New Orleans. She cited living alone since the death of her husband as the reason. "Simplifying my life, not owning so much, that's the chief goal", said Rice. "I'll no longer be a citizen of New Orleans in the true sense." Rice had left New Orleans prior to the events of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and none of her former New Orleans properties were flooded. She remains a vocal advocate for the city and related relief projects. After leaving New Orleans, Rice settled in Rancho Mirage, California, allowing her to be closer to her son, who lives in Los Angeles. Writing career: She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles series, which now includes over a dozen novels, including 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Along with several non-series works, Rice has written three novels in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches sequence. Additionally, Rice wrote three novels under the pseudonym "A.N. Roquelaure" which are titled, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release along with two under the name "Anne Rampling" that are titled Exit to Eden and Belinda. In October 2004, Rice announced in a Newsweek article that she would henceforth "write only for the Lord." Her subsequent book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, she calls the beginning of a series chronicling the life of Jesus. The second volume, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, was published in March 2008. The third book [christ the lord: kingdom of heaven] in the series is due out sometime in 2011. Return to Roman Catholicism: In 2005, Newsweek reported, "[Rice] came close to death last year, when she had surgery for an intestinal blockage, and also back in 1998, when she went into a sudden diabetic coma; that same year she returned to the Roman Catholic Church, which she'd left at 18." Her return has not come with a full embrace of the Church's stances on social issues; Rice remains a supporter of equality for gay men and lesbians (including marriage rights), as well as abortion rights and birth control. Rice has written extensively on the matter. In the Author's Note from Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, Rice states: I had experienced an old fashioned, strict Roman Catholic childhood in the 1940s and 1950sa we attended daily Mass and communion in an enormous and magnificently decorated church a Stained glass windows, the Latin Mass, the detailed answers to complex questions on good and evila''these things were imprinted on my soul forevera I left this church at age 18... I wanted to know what was happening, why so many seemingly good people didna't believe in any organized religion yet cared passionately about their behavior and value of their livesa I broke with the church violently and totally... I wrote many novels that without my being aware of it reflected my quest for meaning in a world without God. In her memoir Called Out of Darkness, Rice also states: In the moment of surrender, I let go of all the theological or social questions which had kept me from [God] for countless years. I simply let them go. There was the sense, profound and wordless, that if He knew everything I did not have to know everything, and that, in seeking to know everything, Ia'd been, all of my life, missing the entire point. No social paradox, no historic disaster, no hideous record of injustice or misery should keep me from Him. No question of Scriptural integrity, no torment over the fate of this or that atheist or gay friend, no worry for those condemned and ostracized by my church or any other church should stand between me and Him. The reason? It was magnificently simple: He knew how or why everything happened; He knew the disposition of every single soul. He wasna't going to let anything happen by accident! Nobody was going to go to Hell by mistake. Exit from organized religion: On July 29, 2010, Rice publicly renounced her dedication to her Roman Catholic faith, while remaining committed to Christ, on her Facebook page: "For those who care, and I understand if you dona't: Today I quit being a Christian. Ia'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being aChristianaor to being part of Christianity. Ita's simply impossible for me to abelongato this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, Ia've tried. Ia've failed. Ia'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else." A few hours later she added the following: aIn the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.a She reaffirmed her faith in Christ with stance of non-adherence to organized Christianity an hour or so later: "My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become." Subsequently, in an interview, Rice further clarified her statements: My commitment to Christ remains at the heart and center of my life. Transformation in Him is radical and ongoing. That I feel now that I am called to be an outsider for Him, to step away from the words, "Christian" and "Christianity" is something that my conscience demands of me. I feel that my faith in Him demands this of me. I know of no other way to express how I must remove myself from those things which seek to separate me from Him. In an August 7, 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, she elaborated on her view regarding being a member of a Christian church: "I feel much more morally comfortable walking away from organized religion. I respect that there are all kinds of denominations and all kinds of churches, but it's the entire controversy, the entire conversation that I need to walk away from right now." In response to the question, "How do you follow Christ without a church?" Rice replied: "I think the basic ritual is simply prayer. It's talking to God, putting things in the hands of God, trusting that you're living in God's world and praying for God's guidance. And being absolutely faithful to the core principles of Jesus' teachings. Personal quotes: Excerpts from Anne's Profession of Faith In 1998 I returned to the Catholic Churcha I realized that the greatest thing I could do to show my complete love for Him was to consecrate my work to Hima''to use any talent I had acquired as a writer, as a storyteller, as a novelista''for Him and for Him alone... Thence began my journey into intense Biblical study, intense historical research, and intense effort to write novels about the Jesus of Scripture, the Jesus of Faith, in His own vibrant First Century World... Excerpts from Essay On Earlier Works My vampire novels and other novels Ia've written... are attempting to be transformative storiesa All these novels involve a strong moral compass. Evil is never glorified in these books; on the contrary, the continuing battle against evil is the subject of the work. The search for the good is the subject of the worka Interview with the Vampire... is about the near despair of an alienated being who searches the world for some hope that his existence can have meaning. His vampire nature is clearly a metaphor for human consciousness or moral awareness. The major theme of the novel is the misery of this character because he cannot find redemption and does not have the strength to end the evil of which he knows himself to be a part. This book reflects for me a protest against the post World War II nihilism to which I was exposed in college from 1960 through 1972. It is an expression of grief for a lost religious heritage that seemed at that time beyond recovery... One thing which unites [my books] is the theme of the moral and spiritual quest. A second theme, key to most of them, is the quest of the outcast for a context of meaning, whether that outcast is an 18th century castrato opera singer, or a young boy of mixed blood coming of age in ante-bellum New Orleans, or a person forced into a monstrous predatory existence like the young vampire, Lestata In 1976, I felt that the vampire was the perfect metaphor for the outcast in all of us, the alienated one in all of us, the one who feels lost in a world seemingly without God. In 1976, I felt I existed in such a world, and I was searching for God. I never dreamed that the word, vampire, would prevent people from examining this book as a metaphysical work. I thought the use of the word was a powerful device... The entire body of my earlier work reflects a movement towards Jesus Christ. In 2002, I consecrated my work to Jesus Christ. This did not involve a denunciation of works that reflected the journey. It was rather a statement that from then on I would write directly for Jesus Christ. I would write works about salvation, as opposed to alienation.