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Douglas Adams John Lloyd THE DEEPER MEANING OF LIFF First Edition

Douglas Adams John Lloyd THE DEEPER MEANING OF LIFF First Edition

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First UK edition, first print hardback of THE DEEPER MEANING OF LIFF - A Dictionary of Things That There Aren't Any Words for Yet, by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd. Illustrated by 'Private Eye' cartoonist Bert Kitchen. Published by Pan Books Ltd., London in 1990. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine), with only minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket which is not price clipped (light creasing / rubbing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Douglas Noel Adams (sometimes referred to as Bop Ad because of his distinctive signature) was educated at St. John's College at Cambridge University. He graduated with honors in English Literature in 1974. In addition to being a writer/editor for radio, television, and stage, Adams has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, and radio producer.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979, one of his bestselling humor and science fiction novels, was originally a radio series. It was the first in a four-book series that includes The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything, and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

He once stated that the idea for his first novel came while he was "lying drunk in a field in Innsbruck and gazing at the stars." He pokes fun at humanity by mixing science fiction with humor.

Adams's additional books include The Meaning of Liff; The Deeper Meaning of Liff; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul; and Mostly Harmless. He has also co-authored the book Last Chance to See, about endangered species. Douglas Adams died in 2001 at the age of 49.

John Lloyd is the producer of the hit British comedy shows Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, and Spitting Image. He earned a lifetime achievement award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

The Meaning of Liff is a 'dictionary of things that there aren't any words for yet'. Rather than inventing new words, Adams and Lloyd picked a number of existing place- names and assigned interesting meanings to them; meanings that can be regarded as on the verge of social existence and are ready to become recognisable entities.

According to Adams' account the idea behind Meaning of Liff grew out of an old school game and started when he and Lloyd were on holiday together in Corfu in 1978 during the writing of the first Hitchhiker's novel. The bulk of the text was written by Adams and Lloyd in Summer 1982 in Malibu, The book was released in the UK in November 1983, with a commercial success.

This The Deeper Meaning of Liff - a revised and expanded edition of the original book, with about twice as many definitions, was published in 1990. Another edition in the series, Afterliff, has been released, with more entries contributed by Lloyd, Jon Canter and Douglas Adams' daughter Polly. In 2013, a 30th anniversary deluxe edition was published.

"There ought to be a word for those completely pointless bits of blurb on the inside flaps of book jackets which nobody ever reads. We would suggest that if anybody thinks of one they should send it to the publishers, but since nobody's going to be reading this bit anyway there's not a lot of point. Hey ho."

145 pages. Illustrated with black & white line drawings within the text.

ISBN: 0 330 31606 0

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