New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First Edition. hardcover. First Printing of Carver's second major collection of short fiction and his first book to go into further printings. Included is the story "Why Don't You Dance?," basis for the 2010 Will Ferrell film EVERYTHING MUST GO. This copy with an interesting provenance with the SIGNATURE of Canadian critic and short story writer John Metcalf dated Nov. 1982 on the front endpaper and the SIGNATURE of novelist Leon Rooke on the following blank. About Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Item #017116
John Metcalf is a long-time critic of Canadian cultural and educational inadequacies and published KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS in 1982 to showcase this frustration. Leon Rooke, a Canadian novelist born in North Carolina, has written many books including LAST ONE HOME SLEEPS IN THE YELLOW BED.