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  • REINALDO ARENAS: THE PENTAGONIA. by [Arenas, Reinaldo] Soto, Francisco.
    [Arenas, Reinaldo] Soto, Francisco.
    REINALDO ARENAS: THE PENTAGONIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Gainesville: University Press of Florida (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Reinaldo Arenas is considered one of the most important Cuban writers of recent decades. His most ambitious project was a pentalogy on Cuban history, a magnificent literary legacy that he worked on intermittently from the time he was eighteen. . . Arenas described these five books as both a writer's autobiography and a metaphor of Cuban history. Francisco Soto's study, the first to examine the quintet in its entirety and in English, considers the five-book sequence in the context of Cuba's state-sanctioned tradition that promotes documentary novels of immediate and practical utility. Soto argues that Arenas subverted that tradition, insisting that the writer's voice must be a call…

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    Gainesville: University Press of Florida (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Reinaldo Arenas is considered one of the most important Cuban writers of recent decades. His most ambitious project was a pentalogy on Cuban history, a magnificent literary legacy that he worked on intermittently from the time he was eighteen. . . Arenas described these five books as both a writer's autobiography and a metaphor of Cuban history. Francisco Soto's study, the first to examine the quintet in its entirety and in English, considers the five-book sequence in the context of Cuba's state-sanctioned tradition that promotes documentary novels of immediate and practical utility. Soto argues that Arenas subverted that tradition, insisting that the writer's voice must be a call for freedom, challenging both literary and social establishments. Arenas's criticism of the Cuban Revolution was more than an attack against communism, Soto says; it was an angry cry against injustice and against a system that persecuted him simply for being homosexual." Includes a conversation that took place between Arenas and Soto, revised and expanded by Arenas shortly before his suicide. Notes, bibliography, xi, 193 pp. ISBN: 0-813013151.

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

    Book ID: 54181
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  • Bills, Greg.
    CONSIDER THIS HOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel, the story of a young woman who returns with her 6 year old son to the small town in Utah where she grew up, and to the web of family friction and strict Mormon customs. Long blurb on cover from Tony Kushner, who called this a "wonderful exciting novel... the writing is fierce, funny, smart, observant, and at times very sexy." 318 pp. ISBN: 0-671798731.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 26689
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  • Bills, Greg.
    CONSIDER THIS HOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel, the story of a young woman who returns with her 6 year old son to the small town in Utah where she grew up, and to the web of family friction and strict Mormon customs. Long blurb on cover from Tony Kushner, who called this a "wonderful exciting novel... the writing is fierce, funny, smart, observant, and at times very sexy." 318 pp. ISBN: 0-671798731.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket. Review copy with publisher's card laid in.

    Book ID: 36482
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  • HUMAN WARMTH AND OTHER STORIES. by Curson, Daniel.
    Curson, Daniel.
    HUMAN WARMTH AND OTHER STORIES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    San Francisco Grey Fox (1981). First edition - A collection of twelve short stories focusing on gay life. preface x, 129 pp. ISBN: 0-912516-542.

    Condition: Good only (significant rubbing to the covers)

    Book ID: 60723
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  • WATERBOYS. by Gabriel, Eric [Lehman,}
    Gabriel, Eric [Lehman,}
    WATERBOYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Mercury House, (1989) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a coming of age story set in the 1960s in New York City - "A well-written, finely tuned first novel about coming of age in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s. . . . Gabriel is a subtle writer - especially in his understanding of Matthew's prepubescent sexuality - and his characters catch at your heart and take hold." (Kirkus) SIGNED on the half title page and dated in San Francisco in the year of publication. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-916515-540.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (usual light toning to the pages, rem dot, a bit of wear to the ends of the dj spine) Books signed by Eric Gabriel Lehman are quite uncommon.

    Book ID: 62798
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  • WATERBOYS. by Gabriel, Eric [Lehman,}
    Gabriel, Eric [Lehman,}
    WATERBOYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Mercury House, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a coming of age story set in the 1960s in New York City - "A well-written, finely tuned first novel about coming of age in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s. . . . Gabriel is a subtle writer - especially in his understanding of Matthew's prepubescent sexuality - and his characters catch at your heart and take hold." (Kirkus) 234 pp. ISBN: 0-916515-540.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (rubbing and slight edgewear to the dj)

    Book ID: 76156
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  • MIRACLE OF THE ROSE. by Genet, Jean.
    Genet, Jean.
    MIRACLE OF THE ROSE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1966) dj. Hardcover first edition - Genet's second novel, and like the first, written while he was in prison in 1943 and set in the state prison of Fontevrault during the height of the German occupation. Translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman. 344 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some nicks to dj at the top of the spine)

    Book ID: 62517
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  • Gide, Andre.
    THE JOURNALS OF ANDRE GIDE: Volume 3, 1928 - 1939.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. dj. Hardcover first edition - Called the most important work of this great modern writer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947, this volume covers the years from his 59th to his 70th, the years leading up to World War II. Translated and with an introduction by Justin O'Brien. Includes a glossary of persons mentioned in the journal, a bibliography of works by Gide, index, frontispiece. 450, xx pages.

    Condition: Very good in good dust jacket (pencilled marginal notations, edgewear and some chipping to the dj.)

    Book ID: 20218
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  • COLLECTED POEMS. by Gunn, Thom (1929-2004.)
    Gunn, Thom (1929-2004.)
    COLLECTED POEMS.

    Edition: Trade paperback - 2nd printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1997.). SIGNED - Powerful collection by this writer, born in England, but closely associated with San Francisco for most of his life (Edmund White described him as "the last of the commune dwellers [...] serious and intellectual by day and druggy and sexual by night".) In 2003, he was the first poet to be awarded the prestigious David Cohen British Literature Award for lifetime achievement. SIGNED on the title page. Postcript, notes, index of titles. 495 pp. ISBN: 0-374-524335.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (bookstore stamp inside front cover, otherwise as new, appears unread.) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 54761
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  • Lehman, Eric Gabriel.
    QUASPECK.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Mercury House, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's second novel - the first was published under the name of "Eric Gabriel." From PW "Lehman's raw, unsparing novel portrays an upstate New York family torn apart by political, emotional and sexual conflict in the early 1970s. . . With the same gritty realism that informed his first novel, Waterboys (published under the pen name Eric Gabriel), Lehman depicts troubled people oscillating between explosive anger and attempts to heal."

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 2096
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  • THE GOD BOX. by Sanchez, Alex.
    Sanchez, Alex.
    THE GOD BOX.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2007.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel for young adults by this Lambda-award winning author which explores what it means for a high school boy to be both openly gay in a small town and a committed Christian. SIGNED on the title page. 248 pp plus a note from the author. ISBN: 1416908994.

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

    Book ID: 39218
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  • GETTING IT. by Sanchez, Alex.
    Sanchez, Alex.
    GETTING IT.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2007.). SIGNED - An exploration of friendship, homophobia and homosexuality in a Texas high school - serious topics, but "dramatized with humor and truth." SIGNED on the title page. 210 pp plus a glossary of Spanish words, and an excerpt from "The God Box.". ISBN: 1416908986.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 39219
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  • THE AMERICANS: A Conflict of Creed and Reality. by Segal, Ronald.
    Segal, Ronald.
    THE AMERICANS: A Conflict of Creed and Reality.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1969.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A "critical but sympathetic analysis by an outsider" - this exiled South African writer and journalist - of US society during the 1960s: an era of dissent and insurrection, divisions over the war in Vietnam, contradiction between great wealth and great poverty, the disintegration of Ameircan cities, racial conflict., and more. Includes notes, index. 340 pp. ISBN: 0-670-590584.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (crease to front flap of dj.)

    Book ID: 40783
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  • Shyer, Marlene Fanta .
    THE RAINBOW KITE.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Marshall Cavendish, (2002.). First edition - Young adult novel about the struggles of a 15 year old boy to come to terms with his homosexuality, told from the viewpoint of his younger brother.

    Condition: Near fine in pink printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 31497
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  • OSCAR WILDE. by [Wilde, Oscar] Ellmann, Richard.
    [Wilde, Oscar] Ellmann, Richard.
    OSCAR WILDE.

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition).

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. dj. Hardcover - A definitive biography of one of the most controversial - but always interesting and ultimately tragic - writers of the late 19th century. Photographs, notes, index. 680 pp. ISBN: 0-39457768X.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50944
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  • MELYMBROSIA. by Woolf, Virginia (edited by Louise de Salvo.)
    Woolf, Virginia (edited by Louise de Salvo.)
    MELYMBROSIA.

    Edition: First thus.

    San Francisco: Cleis Press, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Woolf's first novel, completed in 1912 when she was 30 years old, but only published three years later, in a much tamer version, as "The Voyage Out." This novel was reconstructed from the original manuscripts held by the New York Public Library by Louise deSalvo, who also wrote the introduction to this edition. xxvii, 350 pp. ISBN: 1573441481.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 48825
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