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  • A CHANCE MEETING: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967. by Cohen, Rachel.
    Cohen, Rachel.
    A CHANCE MEETING: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Jonathan Cape, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual book of over a century of American literary history - "Each chapter of this inventive consideration of American culture evokes an actual meeting between two historical figures. In 1854, Henry James, as a boy, goes with his father to have a daguerreotype made by Mathew Brady. . Sarah Orne Jewett, who in turn is a mentor to Willa Cather. Mark Twain publishes Grants memoirs; W.E.B. Du Bois and his professor William James visit the young Helen Keller; and Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz argue about photography. Later, Hart Crane goes out on the town with Charlie Chaplin; Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston write a play together; Elizabeth…

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    London: Jonathan Cape, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual book of over a century of American literary history - "Each chapter of this inventive consideration of American culture evokes an actual meeting between two historical figures. In 1854, Henry James, as a boy, goes with his father to have a daguerreotype made by Mathew Brady. . Sarah Orne Jewett, who in turn is a mentor to Willa Cather. Mark Twain publishes Grants memoirs; W.E.B. Du Bois and his professor William James visit the young Helen Keller; and Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz argue about photography. Later, Hart Crane goes out on the town with Charlie Chaplin; Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston write a play together; Elizabeth Bishop takes Marianne Moore, who was photographed by both Van Vechten and Richard Avedon, to the circus; Avedon and James Baldwin collaborate on a book; John Cage and Marcel Duchamp play chess; and Norman Mailer and Robert Lowell march on the Pentagon in the antiVietnam War demonstration of 1967." Notes, bibliography, index. xvii, 363 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 0-224072587.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74491
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  • A LONG THE RIVERRUN: Selected Essays by Ellmann, Richard
    Ellmann, Richard
    A LONG THE RIVERRUN: Selected Essays

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Posthumous collection of twenty essays - articles, prefaces, and reviews covering a span of thirty years, and including a previously unpublished study of James Joyce's play "Exiles." In addition to several pieces on William Butler Yeats, and Oscar Wilde, this also includes essays on Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Washington Irving ("Love in the Catskills"), George Eliot ("Dorothea's Two Husbands") , Henry James, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway, Frank O'Connor, Samuel Becket, Henri Michaux, Joseph Conrad and more. Index. 277 pp. ISBN: 0-39457768X.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36303
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  • A LONG THE RIVERRUN: Selected Essays by Ellmann, Richard
    Ellmann, Richard
    A LONG THE RIVERRUN: Selected Essays

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Posthumous collection of twenty essays - articles, prefaces, and reviews covering a span of thirty years, and including a previously unpublished study of James Joyce's play "Exiles." In addition to several pieces on William Butler Yeats, and Oscar Wilde, this also includes essays on Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Washington Irving ("Love in the Catskills"), George Eliot ("Dorothea's Two Husbands") , Henry James, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway, Frank O'Connor, Samuel Becket, Henri Michaux, Joseph Conrad and more. Index. 277 pp. ISBN: 0-39457768X.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (creasing to edges of back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 42295
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  • Hunt, Violet [Isabel, 1862-1942.]
    I HAVE THIS TO SAY: The Story of My Flurried Years.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. Hardcover first edition - Surprisingly uncommon later autobiographical work - this covers the period from 1908 to 1915 with many digressions. Beginning with the preface where she describes walking as a little girl with John Ruskin, this is a glimpse into the lives of many important literary figures of the era, including D. H. Lawrence, Somerset Maugham, Henry James, Rebecca West and Joseph Conrad. Suffragettes, 'wild English women,' exile in Germany and life under wartime conditions, are all touched upon. Lively and entertaining. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 12 sepia toned plates. 306 pp.

    Condition: Very good in teal cloth covers with lighter turquoise lettering, lacking the dustjacket (missing front endpaper - as a substitute, the frontispiece was affixed to the blank prelim to give more stability to this first page, outer edges of boards slightly bumped.) Still a reasonably attractive copy of a title which is very difficult to find.

    Book ID: 33409
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  • Leithauser, Brad
    PENCHANTS AND PLACES, Essays and Criticisms

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Essays on books and authors - including the ghost stories of Henry James and M. R. James, the Japanese writers Tanazaki, Murikami and Abe, Flannery O'Connor and others. Other topics include Iceland -especially the novel 'Independent People' by Haldor Laxness - and mathematicians - the first book of essays by this award winning poet and novelist. 284 pp. ISBN: 0-679-429980.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 28277
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  • HIS OTHER HALF: Men Looking at Women through Art. by Lesser, Wendy.
    Lesser, Wendy.
    HIS OTHER HALF: Men Looking at Women through Art.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A study which ranges from Dickens and Henry James's portrayals of women through Degas, photographer Cecil Beaton, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe and more. Photographs,SIGNED on the title page. Bibliography, index. 294 pages. ISBN: 0-674-392108.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dustjacket (small peeled spot on front cover of dj, short closed tear, other minor edgewear to dj)

    Book ID: 63677
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  • McCarthy, Mary.
    IDEAS AND THE NOVEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. dj. Hardcover first edition - The Northcliff Lectures originally presented in London in 1980 - among the authors whom McCarthy looks at from the perspective of 'ideas' in their books are Henry James, Hugo, Balzac, George Eliot and Dickens, and 20th century writers, including Bellow, Malamud and Roth, all writers of the Jewish novel. ISBN: 0-15-1436827.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (the last 2 blank pages of the book contain a hand-written 2 page essay on 'My Ideas on Novel' dated and signed by a writer who apparently is still not published - reference is made to his novel being at a literary agent; dj is price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 20240
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  • IDEAS AND THE NOVEL. by McCarthy, Mary.
    McCarthy, Mary.
    IDEAS AND THE NOVEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. dj. Hardcover first edition - The Northcliff Lectures originally presented in London in 1980 - among the authors whom McCarthy looks at from the perspective of 'ideas' in their books are Henry James, Hugo, Balzac, George Eliot and Dickens, and 20th century writers, including Bellow, Malamud and Roth, all writers of the Jewish novel. ISBN: 0-15-1436827.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (price-clipped, prev owner's name)

    Book ID: 39999
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  • Mead, Robert O.
    ATLANTIC LEGACY: Essays in American-European Cultural History.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: New York University Press & University of London Press, (1969.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A 'discursive, entertaining, and highly readable book' which takes a new look at the frontier myth and argues that the American experience has been most decisively molded by transatlantic influences. Published posthumously, in the same year as the author's untimely death at the age of 43. Notes, bibliography, index. 348 pp.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (some rubbing and edgewear to the dj.)

    Book ID: 31371
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  • THE HOUSES THAT JAMES BUILT and Other Literary Studies. by Stallman, Robert W.
    Stallman, Robert W.
    THE HOUSES THAT JAMES BUILT and Other Literary Studies.

    Edition: First printing.

    [Lansing, MI]: Michigan State University Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Critical essays on the works of Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Stephen Crane, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Bibliographical Note,xii, 254 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (penciled notations on a few pages, corners slightly bumped, some edgewear to dj.)

    Book ID: 46573
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  • THE MASTER. by Toibin, Colm.
    Toibin, Colm.
    THE MASTER.

    Edition: First Canadian printing.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Irish writer's most highly acclaimed novel, based on five years in the life of novelist Henry James. SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2005. Shortlisted for the Booker, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Award. 338 pp. ISBN: 0-7710-85826.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 49144
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