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Image for Mary Austin On the Art of Writing; A letter to Henry James Forman

Mary Austin On the Art of Writing; A letter to Henry James Forman

By: Austin, Mary (introduction by James E. Phillips)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, The Friends of the UCLA Library: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15903


[lovely clean copy, with the slightest bit of bumping to the bottom corners, a trace of rust on the staples]. Small booklet (in grey printed wrappers) reprinting a letter from Austin to journalist/editor Forman, dated September 17, 1918, which is described in the introduction as "a valuable index to her basic concept of the artistic process, as well as a remarkable revelation of her frank and forthright personality." Printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Pre... View more info

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Helen Hunt Jackson [*SIGNED*]

By: Banning, Evelyn I.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21266


(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear, a few tiny spots on top edge of text block; jacket front panel very slightly wrinkled]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author beneath her printed name on the title page. A biography of the author of "Ramona," who was also a prominent advocate for Native Americans, whose "forthrightness and dedication to righting the wrongs of the Indians brought about her appointment as special United States commissioner to investigate c... View more info

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My War with the United States

By: Bemelmans, Ludwig

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4644


(tan decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [nice square/solid copy, a bit of soiling to cloth here and there, mild spotting/discoloration to spine; interior very clean]. View more info

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Writers in Love

By: Benet, Mary Kathleen

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3558


[a couple of small dents & some fading at edges of boards, previous owner's purchase notation in red ink on ffep; jacket mildly soiled, no tears or chips]. "Katherine Mansfield, George Eliot, Colette, and the men they lived with," sez the jacket, although that seems a trifle tacky for what is described elsewhere as "a revolutionary portrayal of the female genius that combines these three marvelously romantic love stories with a controversial view of the sexu... View more info

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Boris Vian

By: Boggio, Philippe

Price: $20.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Flammarion: (c.1993)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 17806


[minor surface- and edge-wear to covers, faint diagonal crease at bottom of rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Biography of the French novelist/playwright/poet/critic/jazz musician/actor/singer, best known today (to the extent that he's known at all) for his surrealistic fiction, not all of which has been translated into English, and for a quartet of scandalous crime novels written in the late 1940s under the pseudonym "Vernon Sullivan." Text in French; in... View more info

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13 Mistresses of Murder

By: Budd, Elaine

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Ungar Publishing Co.: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3083


[top edge a little dust-soiled; jacket slightly rubbed]. A baker's dozen women mystery writers discuss their craft -- Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Ruth Rendell, Lady Antonia Fraser, Dorothy Uhnak, Margaret Millar, Amanda Cross, Emma Lathen, Phyllis A. Whitney, Dorothy B. Hughes, Shannon Ocork, Lucy Freeman. View more info

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Thornton Wilder

By: Castronovo, David

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Ungar Publishing Co.: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5285


(but price-clipped) [ex-library, but you'd hardly know it: the book appears to have never been opened, and the jacket is unblemished except for the price-clipping; top front corner of book is bumped, and there is some minimal stamping on the title page, a "Withdrawn" stamp on the ffep, and the remnants of a formerly glued-down jacket protector on both pastedowns]. (Literature and Life: American Writers) Series View more info

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This Must Be the Place: Memoirs of Jimmie the Barman (James Charters)

By: Charters, James (Jimmie the Barman); as told to Morrill Cody

Price: $70.00

Publisher: New York, Lee Furman, Inc.: (c.1937)

Edition: 1st Edition (see note)

Seller ID: 12000


(no dust jacket) [clean, solid copy, minor wear at corners and spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Memoirs of the famous Montparnasse saloonkeeper, host to numerous expatriate writers (Hemingway and his crowd). This is actually the first U.S. edition, the book having been originally published in England in 1934; I have seen reference to this as a "revised" edition, but have no definitive source to verify this. Introduction by Ernest Hemingway. View more info

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A Bibliography of the Works of Ernest Hemingway [limited/numbered edition]

By: Cohn, Louis Henry

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1931

Edition: 1st Edition (#451/500)

Seller ID: 20299


(no dust jacket) [a little shelfwear to bottom edge and spine ends, a few tiny white smudges on covers and spine; fold-out has some creasing at leading edge due to careless re-folding over time; book protected with a new mylar jacket]. (facsimiles) The first bibliography of Hemingway's work, graced with a facsimile reproduction of an E.H. holograph page (reproduced as a fold-out frontispiece), on which Hemingway has typed a note advising Cohn of his belief that "it ... View more info

Brawny Wycherley: First Master in English Modern Comedy

By: Connely, Willard

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York/London, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1930

Edition: 1st Edition ("A")

Seller ID: 12845


(no dust jacket) [top front corner bumped and slightly frayed, some dust-darkening to top edge, minor overall wear, light spotting to front cover]. (B&W plates) Biography of English playwright William Wycherley (1640-1716). View more info

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Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante [*SIGNED*]

By: Cooper, Stephen

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, North Point Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15539


[very nice copy, tight and clean with only light shelfwear; jacket slightly faded at spine, minor surface wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For _____ / Friends in John Fante") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, dated in the year of publication. "In the first comprehensive biography of John Fante, one of the great outsider figures of twentieth-century literature, [the author] untangles the enigma of an authentic American original. .... Exacting in his ... View more info

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The Changing Face of Horror: A Study of the Nineteenth-Century French Fantastic Short Story

By: Cummiskey, Gary

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York/San Francisco, Peter Lang: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20780


(laminated boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, bottom corners bumped and very slightly split, but no other significant wear]. (The Age of Revolution and Romanticism: Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. 3) Series From the author's introduction: "The fantastic short story was popular in France during two periods in the nineteenth century -- first, in the Romantic period, during the 1830's and early 1840's, and again during the last quarter of the century. ... View more info

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The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer

By: Dardis, Tom

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Ticknor & Fields: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20737


[tight clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket shows only light surface wear]. This book "explores the strange and pernicious link between alcohol and creativity among American artists" through an examination of the lives and work of William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Eugene O'Neill, alcoholics one and all. Per the blurb, the author "convincingly argues [that] the work of each suffered grievously from the disease." Ya think? View more info

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Huxley in Hollywood

By: Dunaway, David King

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18078


[beautiful copy, tight and clean, appears unread; the jacket has just a very tiny surface-nick and some faint soiling to the front panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the English novelist and sometimes-screenwriter, focusing on his social and professional life in California, where he settled in 1937. View more info

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The Work of George Zebrowski: An Annotated Bibliography & Literary Guide

By: Elliot, Jeffrey M., & Robert Reginald

Price: $10.00

Publisher: San Bernardino CA, The Borgo Press: (c.1996)

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 4939


[clean and bright, very slight edgewear to front cover]. (Bibliography of Modern Authors, No. 4) Series Trade PB This is the "revised and expanded" third edition of a work originally published in 1986. View more info

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Mike Gold: A Literary Anthology

By: Folsom, Michael, ed.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, International Publishers: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22583


[good sound copy, very light wear to extremities, slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket shows a bit of wear at spine ends and a couple of corners, tiny tear to bottom right corner of front panel]. Anthology of "the most important of [Gold's] poems, stories, sketches, critical essays and journalism, [including] some hitherto unpublished manuscripts." From the editor's introduction: "Gold is a kind of legend now -- a devil or a saint, depending on your poi... View more info

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Wit's End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table

By: Gaines, James R.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20297


[light scuffing to bottom edges of covers, previous owner's ownership notation on reverse of ffep; jacket has a couple of tiny surface-scrape marks at bottom edge of front panel, small chip at base of spine]. (B&W photographs) "Here is the only part (it is perhaps the most important part) of the Round Table story that has never before been told: how these celebrated, immensely talented people were blinded by their own press releases, and crippled by an enormous self... View more info

Image for The Flowers of Friendship: Letters written to Gertrude Stein

The Flowers of Friendship: Letters written to Gertrude Stein

By: Gallup, Donald, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20771


[solid book, no significant wear, age-toning to edges of text block and slight fading to cloth at edges of covers; jacket a little edgeworn, a handful of tiny tears and associated minor creasing along top edge]. (B&W photographs, line drawing by Picasso) A selection of approximately 450 letters, from an estimated 20,000 received by G.S. and bequeathed by her to the Yale University library. View more info

Image for The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction: A History of Its Criticism and a Guide for Its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800

The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction: A History of Its Criticism and a Guide for Its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800

By: Gove, Philip Babcock

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Octagon Books: 1975 (c.1941)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19938


(no dust jacket) [ex-library with typical internal and external markings (including pocket on ffep, a couple of small labels on spine, stamp on top edge); moderate shelfwear, some residue and minor scarring at top of front cover from removed label, text clean]. Includes bibliography and index. View more info

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Bitter Bierce: A Mystery of American Letters

By: Grattan, C. Hartley

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14833


(no dust jacket) [moderate exterior soiling/light staining (mostly to spine), rubbing to gilt lettering on spine and front cover; still a presentable copy, firmly bound and internally very clean]. One of the first book-length examinations of the life and work of Ambrose Bierce, divided into four sections: Biographical; Literature; Ideas; Conclusion. From the last-named section: "In the face of all the considerations that can be brought forth for calling Bierce a fore... View more info