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  • BLACK BORDERS. by Barboza, Anthony, with poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
    Barboza, Anthony, with poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
    BLACK BORDERS.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    New York: By the author, (1980). SIGNED first edition - A book which was the culmination of a series of photographs Barboza created between 1975-1980, with the publication of this funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The title refers both the black border around each photograph, which gives a unity to the book, and to the fact that most, although not all, portraits are of African Americans, of writers, artists and musicians working on the edge (or on the border) "What sets these photographs apart, and gives them their durable vitality, is their innovative use of lighting and backgrounds. . Barboza turns the dark distorted forms into expressive echoes of the sitters. Underneath setups…

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    New York: By the author, (1980). SIGNED first edition - A book which was the culmination of a series of photographs Barboza created between 1975-1980, with the publication of this funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The title refers both the black border around each photograph, which gives a unity to the book, and to the fact that most, although not all, portraits are of African Americans, of writers, artists and musicians working on the edge (or on the border) "What sets these photographs apart, and gives them their durable vitality, is their innovative use of lighting and backgrounds. . Barboza turns the dark distorted forms into expressive echoes of the sitters. Underneath setups create shadows that loom above and behind Normal Lewis and the World Saxophone Quartet, while side arrangements turn the shadows into repetitions and echoes, doubling Amiri Baraka, and James Baldwin. Barboza then went on to add a bit of blur to some of the portraits, creating the appearance of back and forth motion or elusive ghosting to Ntozake Shange and Pharoah Sanders. The backdrops that he created and employed were equally unorthodox. Rolls of hanging paper were cut, slashed, and sliced, creating abstract patters of squiggles, lines, and openings, and then overpainted with expressive dashes and arcs of silvery spray paint. . So James Van Der Zee is surrounded by a whorling swirl of shining light, Toukie Smith shares the stage with snake-like back-and-forth forms." (Loring Knoblauch, Collectordaily) . Includes poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza and brief handwritten captions under each portrait. SIGNED on the title page by Barboza and numbered AB/72, dated 1981. Square format, unpaginated (32 pp)

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    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers. Quite scarce now.

    Book ID: 88626
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  • THE LAST OF THE TRUE BELIEVERS. by Birstein, Ann.
    Birstein, Ann.
    THE LAST OF THE TRUE BELIEVERS.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: W. W. Norton & Company, (1988) dj. Hardcover - Sunny is 22, her first novel just published, when she meets noted poet David Harvey, who's divorced, Jewish, and 15 years her senior. Instant attraction is followed by a marriage typical of the early 1950s, with Sunny a supportive wife and mother following where David's work takes them - and thru it all, despite his philandering, Sunny remains a "true believer." But when interest in his work wanes, and hers begins to catch the public interest, the 2 decade long relationship is in trouble. "While Birstein pokes fun at everyone involved in producing literature - writers, editors, critics - this is primarily a rueful story about the loss of passion." 315 pp. ISBN: 0-39302587X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85869
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  • WINGED WORDS: American Indian Writers Speak. by Coltelli, Laura, editor. Michael Dorris and M. Scott Momaday, signed.
    Coltelli, Laura, editor. Michael Dorris and M. Scott Momaday, signed.
    WINGED WORDS: American Indian Writers Speak.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (1990) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A series of interviews with American Indian authors which focus on the crucial issues behind their work - included are Paula Gunn Allen, Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, LInda Hogan, M. Scott Momaday, Simon Ortiz. Wendy Rose, Gerald Vizenor and James Welch. Edited and with an introduction and biographical notes by Laura Coltelli. Each interview in preceded by a portrait of the author and a brief introduction. SIGNED on the half title page by THREE authors: Michael Dorris, M. Scott Momaday and Laura Coltelli. ISBN: 0-803214456.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68283
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  • ALWAYS IN PURSUIT: Fresh American Perspectives, 1995-1997. by Crouch, Stanley.
    Crouch, Stanley.
    ALWAYS IN PURSUIT: Fresh American Perspectives, 1995-1997.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's third book, a collection of essays on race, sex, politics, art, jazz and blues, history and also Duke Ellington, Albert Murray, John Ford and films, and Ralph Ellison. Index. viii, 321 pp. ISBN: 0-375401539.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81600
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  • THE ARTIFICIAL WHITE MAN: Essays on Authenticity. by Crouch, Stanley.
    Crouch, Stanley.
    THE ARTIFICIAL WHITE MAN: Essays on Authenticity.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Civitas / Basic Books, (2004). First edition - A collection of essays, some previously unpublished, in which "the notoriously contrarian critic of race-based cultural politics examines the problem of ethnic authenticity in contemporary America. Writing in a characteristically peeved style, Crouch is perhaps most cogent in an essay entitled 'Most Vote for Literary Segregation, Others Don't,' in which he asserts that contemporary American writers, wary of being labeled politically incorrect, rarely write about life beyond the boundaries of their own race and class." (Publisher's Weekly)" 226 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 87007
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  • THE ALL-AMERICAN SKIN GAME, or, THE DECOY OF RACE: The Long and the Short of It, 1990-1994 by Crouch, Stanley.
    Crouch, Stanley.
    THE ALL-AMERICAN SKIN GAME, or, THE DECOY OF RACE: The Long and the Short of It, 1990-1994

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of speeches, essays and reviews on topics ranging from the US constitution to jazz and American and African American literature. Index. xvii, 267 pp. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. ISBN: 0-679442022.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87848
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  • SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHS: To Celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher by Knopf, Alfred A.
    Knopf, Alfred A.
    SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHS: To Celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - The publisher shares 60 of his photographs - mostly of writers from Joseph Conrad, Leonard Woolf, Witter Byner, to Raymond Chandler, Satre, Camus, Muriel Spark, Julia Child and more - on the 60th anniversary of his publishing house. Slightly oversized square format. 62 pp. ISBN: 0-394-498925.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (tape reinforcement to dj at top of spine.)

    Book ID: 57567
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  • THE AMATEUR: An Independent Life of Letters. by Lesser, Wendy.
    Lesser, Wendy.
    THE AMATEUR: An Independent Life of Letters.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Pantheon, 1999. SIGNED first edition - A collection of essays on a life as a writer, on books, and places and more -together these pieces form an "intellectual autobiography." SIGNED on the title page. 274pp

    Condition: Fine in pale green printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 64926
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  • Lipman, Elinor
    ISABEL'S BED.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pocket Books, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Delightful romantic comedy set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where Harriet, an unpublished fortyish writer, recently jilted, has fled to in response to an intriguing ad. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 0-671-881604.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dustjacket (ink mark on front endpaper, otherwise a very clean, apparently unread copy.)

    Book ID: 13540
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  • DAWN POWELL: A Biography. by [Powell, Dawn, 1896-1965] Page, Tim.
    [Powell, Dawn, 1896-1965] Page, Tim.
    DAWN POWELL: A Biography.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first full-length biography of this mid-century American author (Hemingway called her his favorite living author) whose work was almost unknown until a fairly spectacular revival in the 1990's. Gore Vidal called this biography 'not only a distinguished work in itself but [it] illuminates one of our most brilliant - certainly most witty - novelists, whose literary reputation continues to grow long after her death; we are catching up to her.' Frontispiece and glossy photographic inserts. Notes, bibliography, index. 362 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-5068x.

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

    Book ID: 51747
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  • DAWN POWELL: A Biography. by [Powell, Dawn, 1896-1965] Page, Tim.
    [Powell, Dawn, 1896-1965] Page, Tim.
    DAWN POWELL: A Biography.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first full-length biography of this mid-century American author (Hemingway called her his favorite living author) whose work was almost unknown until a fairly spectacular revival in the 1990's. Gore Vidal called this biography 'not only a distinguished work in itself but [it] illuminates one of our most brilliant - certainly most witty - novelists, whose literary reputation continues to grow long after her death; we are catching up to her.' Frontispiece and glossy photographic inserts. Notes, bibliography, index. INSCRIBED by Page on the title page and dated March 2002 in Charlottesville. 362 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-5068x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88208
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