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The Public Burning

The Public Burning

(1977)
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A controversial best-seller in 1977, The Public Burning has since emerged as one of the most influential novels of our time. The first major work of contemporary fiction ever to use living historical figures as characters, the novel reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Vice-President Richard Nixon - the voraciously ambitious bad boy of the Eisenhower regime - is the dominant narrator in an enormous cast that includes Betty Crocker, Joe McCarthy, the Marx Brothers, Walter Winchell, Uncle Sam, his adversary The Phantom, and Time magazine incarnated as the National Poet Laureate. All of these and thousands more converge in Times Square for the carnivalesque auto-da-fe at which the Rosenbergs are put to death. And not a person present escapes implication in Cold War America's ruthless "public burning."

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1978 : UK Hardback
Title: The Public Burning
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-7139-1123-9 / 978-0-7139-1123-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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August 1977 : USA Hardback
Title: The Public Burning
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-670-58200-x / 978-0-670-58200-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Viking Press
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Paperback Editions

April 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: The Public Burning (Coover, Robert)
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-8021-3527-7 / 978-0-8021-3527-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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June 1979 : UK Paperback
Title: The Public Burning
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-14-004845-6 / 978-0-14-004845-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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1977 : USA Paperback
Title: Public Burning
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-553-11828-5 / 978-0-553-11828-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Public Burning
Author(s): Robert Coover
Publisher: Dzanc Books
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