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  • Maclaren, Ian (pseudonym of John Watson 1850 - 1907)
    BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895. Hardcover first edition - The first, and most popular, book by this Scottish author and minister, published under the pen name of Maclaren. A collection of stories of Scottish rural life, which combined humor with pathos and a liberal use of Scots dialogue. The title of this book alludes to the Jacobite song ("There grows a bonnie brier bush in our Kailyard") and the term "Kailyard School" (kailyard is a small kale, or cabbage, kitchen garden attached to a cottage) was applied to a group of Scots writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were considered to be overly sentimental by their critics - or perhaps just too widely popular. 317 pp.

    Condition: Very good light green cloth with a dark green border and decoration on front cover, gilt lettering on front and spine (gift card from Christmas 1896 affixed to front pastedown, previous owner's name)

    Book ID: 84053
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  • [Metalious, Grace, 1924-1964] Toth, Emily
    INSIDE PEYTON PLACE: The life of Grace Metalious.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1981. dj. Hardcover first edition - A thoughtful biography of the too-short life of the woman who wrote one of the most controversial American novels of the 20th century. "In September, 1956, Peyton Place burst onto the American scene. .. Its publication was also an extraordinary story of personal triumph. Grace Metalious, an unpretentious housewife from the wrong side of the tracks, had written an explosive bestseller. From a ramshackle cottage in a small New England milltown, she zoomed to national stardom. She met movie stars, famous writers, and the hangers-on who gravitate to those who achieve sudden wealth. She partied with the glamorous; she traveled; always a generous friend, she entertained lavishly. It was…

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    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1981. dj. Hardcover first edition - A thoughtful biography of the too-short life of the woman who wrote one of the most controversial American novels of the 20th century. "In September, 1956, Peyton Place burst onto the American scene. .. Its publication was also an extraordinary story of personal triumph. Grace Metalious, an unpretentious housewife from the wrong side of the tracks, had written an explosive bestseller. From a ramshackle cottage in a small New England milltown, she zoomed to national stardom. She met movie stars, famous writers, and the hangers-on who gravitate to those who achieve sudden wealth. She partied with the glamorous; she traveled; always a generous friend, she entertained lavishly. It was a Cinderella dream. But it did not last." Sources, index. 395 pp. ISBN: 0-385159501.

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    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some overall edgewear to the dj, now protected by an archival cover)

    Book ID: 84040
    View cart More details Price: $65.00