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  • PENINSULA OF LIES: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love. by Ball, Edward.
    Ball, Edward.
    PENINSULA OF LIES: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attempt to explore the enigmas surrounding the life of English writer Gordon Hall - born as Gordon Ticehurst, he first changed his name to Hall, and later, after a sex change operation, to Dawn Langley Hall, and finally added Simmons after her marriage to a young black mechanic. His parents were servants at Sissinghurst, the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, a connection that he frequently exploited in his later life. As a moderately successful writerof biographies of famous women, he wound up the heir of the wealthy New Yorker, Isabel Whitney, and used the money to purchase and restore an old mansion in Charleston, where for…

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    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attempt to explore the enigmas surrounding the life of English writer Gordon Hall - born as Gordon Ticehurst, he first changed his name to Hall, and later, after a sex change operation, to Dawn Langley Hall, and finally added Simmons after her marriage to a young black mechanic. His parents were servants at Sissinghurst, the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, a connection that he frequently exploited in his later life. As a moderately successful writerof biographies of famous women, he wound up the heir of the wealthy New Yorker, Isabel Whitney, and used the money to purchase and restore an old mansion in Charleston, where for a while he suceeded in becoming part of that society. After a few years he not only had an operation changing his sex - but forever after Dawn Simmons claimed that she had been born a woman, and had been 'mis-sexed' at birth - and that she bore the child whom she raised as her daughter. The second book by this National Book Award winning author. An engrossing story in one way, full of hearsay and anecdotes and gossip, although one also has to agree with Nigel Nicholson, who was interviewed for the book but who wondered why Ball took such an interest in such a minor subject as 'Dinky.' Illustrated with photographs. 271 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 54368
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  • SOUTHERN CROSS by Greenleaf, Stephen
    Greenleaf, Stephen
    SOUTHERN CROSS

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery featuring San Francisco investigator John Marshall Tanner, but set in Charleston, South Carolina. 319 pp. ISBN: 0-688-12772X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64651
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  • MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS. by Heyward, DuBose.
    Heyward, DuBose.
    MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar and Rinehart, (1929.). Hardcover first edition - Novel set in Charleston, South Carolina, and written primarily in dialect. The basis for both the Broadway drama and the Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess." 311 pp.. Illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Good condition overall in green cloth with a printed spine label (usual rather severe toning to the pages, some shelfwear to the boards.

    Book ID: 55956
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  • MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS: A Novel of Charleston. by Heyward, DuBose.
    Heyward, DuBose.
    MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS: A Novel of Charleston.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Literary Guild, (1929.) dj. Hardcover - Novel set in Charleston, South Carolina, and written primarily in dialect. The basis for both the Broadway drama and the Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess." 311 pp.. Illustrated endpapers. These early Literary Guild books were attractive productions with stylized dust jacket art.

    Condition: Very good in beige cloth in a good only dust jacket (chip to base of spine of dj, some toning and discoloration)

    Book ID: 62484
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  • THE FIREMAN'S FAIR. by Humphreys, Josephine
    Humphreys, Josephine
    THE FIREMAN'S FAIR.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Southern writer's third novel, set in Charleston, SC just after a hurricane struck. 263 pp. ISBN: 0-670-839078.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. (remainder line)

    Book ID: 7464
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  • A TURN IN THE SOUTH. by Naipaul, V. S.
    Naipaul, V. S.
    A TURN IN THE SOUTH.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the US South - from Atlanta to Jackson, Tuskegee to Charleston, tobacco farms and the birthplace of Elvis, with visits to an old white Charleston family, a black woman minister, and Eudora Welty, by this Trinidadian born author, and Nobel prize winning writer. ISBN: 0-394-564774.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket (some foxing to edges of textblock).

    Book ID: 56579
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  • Phillips, Caryl,
    THE ATLANTIC SOUND.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning author Caryl Phillips explores three cities which were the points of the triangle forming the trans-Atlantic slave trade: Liverpool, constructed on the slave trade, now denying its past; the Ghanaian city of Elmina, site of an important slave embarkation fort in Africa; and Charleston, South Carolina, known as the entry point to America where one-third of black slaves were bought and sold. In this wide-ranging meditation on the legacy of slavery and the impact of the African diaspora on the life of a place and its people, Phillips interweaves his own observations with the stories of figures from the past. Born in St Kitts, Phillips was brought…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning author Caryl Phillips explores three cities which were the points of the triangle forming the trans-Atlantic slave trade: Liverpool, constructed on the slave trade, now denying its past; the Ghanaian city of Elmina, site of an important slave embarkation fort in Africa; and Charleston, South Carolina, known as the entry point to America where one-third of black slaves were bought and sold. In this wide-ranging meditation on the legacy of slavery and the impact of the African diaspora on the life of a place and its people, Phillips interweaves his own observations with the stories of figures from the past. Born in St Kitts, Phillips was brought up in Leeds, England, educated in Oxford, and now lives in New York. ISBN: 0-375-401105.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 29458
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