The Princess Bride

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US hardcover, 1st edition.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, The 'Good Parts' Version is a novel by William Goldman published in 1973. In the opening, the book describes how, as a child, Goldman's father read him a book called "The Princess Bride" but, as an adult trying to read the book to his son, he realizes that the actual book was dreadfully dull compared to how his father read it because his father had greatly abridged the original to make it more interesting for a little boy. So, Goldman does the same thing, taking the classic work and abridging it so his son will be able to enjoy it the way he did. The abridged version contains only the "good parts" with additional footnotes about the original.

I had seen the movie in the late 1980s, and thought it was pretty wonderful. My friend Wallee was reading the book while we were vacationing in Mexico and I read a few paragraphs and decided I liked it. The next Christmas, my friend Danielle bought mt the 30th anniversary edition.


I own a 30th anniversary hardcover of this book.



  • The idea of writing a story about a fake book and presenting it as real was a great idea. When I first started looking for a first edition hard cover, I was quite perplexed as to why I couldn't find an unabridged version!


  • The "this was before" asides wear out their welcome pretty quickly.


  • Nothing.