Personally hand signed by the author Charles Frazier on a special limitation page. Number 400 of only 500 signed and numbered copies.
New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1997.
Hardcover. Limited Edition in slipcase (issued without dust jacket).
The limitation page states, 'This limited edition of 'Cold Mountain'
has been specially printed and bound. These books are signed by the
author and numbered 1 to 500. Very Fine condition in cloth slipcase the same.
Awards and nominations
This novel won the 1997 National Book Award. It also won the W.D. Weatherford Award that year.
It was later adapted for the screen by director Anthony Minghella in the 2003 film Cold Mountain, starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Ren�e Zellweger. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Jude Law, and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Ren�e Zellweger.
Cold Mountain is a 1997 historical fiction novel by Charles Frazier. It tells the story of W. P. Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate army near the end of the American Civil War who walks for months to return to Ada Monroe, the love of his life; the plot shares several similarities with Homer's The Odyssey. The novel alternates chapter-by-chapter between Inman's and Ada's stories. It was Charles Frazier's
first novel and a major bestseller, selling roughly three million
copies worldwide. It was also adapted into an award-winning film of the same name.
Cold Mountain is a real mountain located within the Pisgah National Forest, Haywood County, North Carolina.
The New York Times Book Review, James Polk
For a first
novelist, in fact for any novelist, Charles Frazier has taken on a
daunting task--and has done extraordinarily well by it. In prose filled
with grace notes and trenchant asides, he has reset much of the Odyssey in 19th-century America near the end of the Civil War.
Novelists are never in short
supply. Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles
Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his
Raleigh News and Observer
This is one of the best books I have ever opened....Cold Mountain is as close to a masterpiece as American writing is going to come these days.
This novel is so magnificent -- in
every conceivable aspect, and others previously unimagined -- that it
has occurred to me that the shadow of this book, and the joy I received
in reading it, will fall over every other book I ever read....Cold Mountain is one of the great accomplishments in American literature.
Charles Frazier's novel is at
once spare and eloquent, a panorama that the author stills long enough
to make a portrait -- a very evocative portrait of Inman, a soldier who
is trying to escape a ruined world. Interspersed with so many moments
of sadness, the many moments of compassion seem entirely convincing and
are very affecting; when Ada `wanted to tell him how she had come to be
what she was,' the understatement -- as it is so often in Cold Mountain -- is almost shattering. And then comes the ending.
About the Author
Charles Frazier (born November 4, 1950) is an award-winning American historical novelist.
Frazier was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1973. He earned an M.A. from Appalachian State University in the mid-1970s, and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina
in 1986. He currently raises horses on a farm near Raleigh, North
Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Catherine, who teaches
accounting, and their daughter Annie.
His first novel, Cold Mountain (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997. ISBN 0-87113-679-1), traces the journey of Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate army near the end of the American Civil War.
The work is rich in the culture and sensibilities of the North Carolina
mountains and is based on local history and stories handed down by
Frazier's father about Frazier's great-great-uncle William Pinkney Inman.. Inman, who was from the area around Cold Mountain
in western North Carolina, served in the Confederate Army from which he
deserted after being wounded twice and is reputedly buried in a local
The real Inman served as a private in Company F of the 25th North
Carolina Infantry, and his regiment did participate in the fighting in
the Siege of Petersburg, including the Battle of the Crater.
The novel won the 1997 National Book Award and was adapted as a film of the same title by Anthony Minghella in 2003.
Frazier's second novel Thirteen Moons
was published in October 2006 by Random House, and traces the story of
one man across a century of change in America. Also set in western
North Carolina, the novel traces one white man's involvement with the CherokeeCold Mountain, Frazier was offered an $8 million advance for Thirteen Moons.
indians just before, during and after their removal to Oklahoma. It is
a story of struggle and triumph against the emerging U.S. government's
plan to remove native Cherokee people to Oklahoma. Based on the success
of Cold Mountain, Frazier was offered an $8 million advance for Thirteen Moons.