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  • SOMETHING TO DECLARE. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SOMETHING TO DECLARE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1998. dj. SIGNED first edition - Twenty-four essays on her life as a 'hypenated American' (In 1960, when Alvarez was 10 years old, her father, after a failed coup attempt against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, escaped to a self-imposed exile to New York City, where Dr. Alvarez set up a medical practice in the Bronx while his wife and four daughters set about the serious business of assimilation.), and on how this has influenced her writing. Includes the "Ten Commandments on Writing" - wisdom she has collected from other masters. SIGNED on the title page. 300 pp. ISBN: 1565121937.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 46158
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  • SOMETHING TO DECLARE. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SOMETHING TO DECLARE.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1998. SIGNED first edition - Twenty-four essays on her life as a 'hypenated American' (In 1960, when Alvarez was 10 years old, her father, after a failed coup attempt against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, escaped to a self-imposed exile to New York City, where Dr. Alvarez set up a medical practice in the Bronx while his wife and four daughters set about the serious business of assimilation.), and on how this has influenced her writing. Includes the "Ten Commandments on Writing" - wisdom she has collected from other masters. SIGNED on the title page. 300 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed brown wrappers.

    Book ID: 41369
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  • SOMETHING TO DECLARE. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SOMETHING TO DECLARE.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Plume, (1999.0. SIGNED - SIGNED on the title page. Twenty-four essays on her life as a 'hypenated American' (In 1960, when Alvarez was 10 years old, her father, after a failed coup attempt against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, escaped to a self-imposed exile to New York City, where Dr. Alvarez set up a medical practice in the Bronx while his wife and four daughters set about the serious business of assimilation.), and on how this has influenced her writing. Includes the "Ten Commandments on Writing" - wisdom she has collected from other masters. 300 pp. ISBN: 0-452-280672.

    Condition: Very near fine.

    Book ID: 41370
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002. by [Anthology, signed] Gould, Stephen Jay, editor; Bernard Cooper and Barbara Ehrenreich, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Gould, Stephen Jay, editor; Bernard Cooper and Barbara Ehrenreich, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED by TWO authors: Bernard Cooper at his essay "Winner Take Nothing" about his relationship with his father after he won the Hemingway award and Barbara Ehrenreich at "Welcome to Cancerland." Includes contributions by Jacques Barzun, Sebastian Junger, Darryl Pinckney, Richard Price, Gore Vidal, Mario Vargas Llosa and others. Introduction by Gould and brief biographies of the contributors. 376 pp. ISBN: 0-89919-9283.

    Condition: Very near fine.

    Book ID: 62975
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  • LUST AND WONDER. by Burroughs, Augusten.
    Burroughs, Augusten.
    LUST AND WONDER.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: St Martin's, (2016). SIGNED first edition - A memoir from the author of 'Running with Scissors' - this focuses on his relationships in New York City, often humorous, always frank, and sometimes quite wise. SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. 295 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (a new copy).

    Book ID: 67067
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  • THE NOTEBOOKS OF RAYMOND CHANDLER and ENGLISH SUMMER: A Gothic Romance. by Chandler, Raymond; illustrated by Edward Gorey.
    Chandler, Raymond; illustrated by Edward Gorey.
    THE NOTEBOOKS OF RAYMOND CHANDLER and ENGLISH SUMMER: A Gothic Romance.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ecco Press, (1976.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Excerpts from Chandler's notebooks, including some fascimile pages, a bit of humorous poetry, essays on Hollywood, notes on slang, Jack Woodford's rules for writing a novel, and more. Includes a section of black and whitle photographs. Also included is the first publication in book form of 'English Summer' with illustrations by Edward Gorey; Foreword by Frank MacShane. 113 pp. ISBN: 0-912946-334.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (one closed tear to upper edge of dj, crease to front flap.)

    Book ID: 51625
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  • HOME BEFORE DARK. by Cheever, Susan.
    Cheever, Susan.
    HOME BEFORE DARK.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - A biographical memoir of the writer John Cheever by his daughter. Photographs. x, 243 pp. ISBN: 0-395-352975.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (tear to dj along fold of front flap).

    Book ID: 71506
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  • TOWNIE: A Memoir. by Dubus, Andre III.
    Dubus, Andre III.
    TOWNIE: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (2011) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A powerful memoir which tells of his coming of age in a drug-ridden and depressed mill town in Massachusetts where his mother struggled to support them, while his father was a professor at a nearby liberal arts college. This is book is a meditation on violence, and a description of the creative process, and a story of coming together with his father. SIGNED on the title page. 387 pp. ISBN: 9780393064667.

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

    Book ID: 59965
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  • THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE. by Freed, Lynn.
    Freed, Lynn.
    THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of sometime provocative and always entertaining essays, primarily on traveling and writing, but also on aging (and writing), growing up in South Africa under apartheid, marriage, and much more. SIGNED on the title page. 208 pp. ISBN: 978-1619029279.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71535
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  • THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE. by Freed, Lynn.
    Freed, Lynn.
    THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of sometime provocative and always entertaining essays, primarily on traveling and writing, but also on aging (and writing), growing up in South Africa under apartheid, marriage, and much more. INSCRIBED on the title page. 208 pp. ISBN: 978-1619029279.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71536
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  • THE GREAT FAILURE: A Bartender, a Monk, and My Unlikely Path to Truth. by Goldberg, Natalie.
    Goldberg, Natalie.
    THE GREAT FAILURE: A Bartender, a Monk, and My Unlikely Path to Truth.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperSanFrancisco / Harper Collins, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A "wry, nimble memoir, Natalie Goldberg candidly depicts her father Ben, an old-fashioned man's man who knew no boundaries - a trait that is at once his greatest strength and most profound weakness. In capturing the essence of this larger than life Jewish bartender, she reveals the intricacies of a precarious father-daughter relationship. The tenuous relationship with her father leads her in many directions and ultimately to Dainin Katagiri Roshi, a dynamic, celebrated Zen Master. In light of an eye-opening discovery that shakes her ideal of this beloved teacher, Goldberg revisits the many years of loyal practice under Roshi's guidance. Elegantly weaving these tales together, this…

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    New York: HarperSanFrancisco / Harper Collins, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A "wry, nimble memoir, Natalie Goldberg candidly depicts her father Ben, an old-fashioned man's man who knew no boundaries - a trait that is at once his greatest strength and most profound weakness. In capturing the essence of this larger than life Jewish bartender, she reveals the intricacies of a precarious father-daughter relationship. The tenuous relationship with her father leads her in many directions and ultimately to Dainin Katagiri Roshi, a dynamic, celebrated Zen Master. In light of an eye-opening discovery that shakes her ideal of this beloved teacher, Goldberg revisits the many years of loyal practice under Roshi's guidance. Elegantly weaving these tales together, this story is finally a search for truth." SIGNED on the title page with a drawing of a heart. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0733993.

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

    Book ID: 65703
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  • Gordimer, Nadine.
    THE ESSENTIAL GESTURE:Writing, Politics, and Places.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - A selection of 23 essays, covering 40 years by this South African writer. Edited and with an introduction by Stephen Clingman. 3560pp. with index and notes. ISBN: 0-394-573978.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (rem line, 1 closed tear.)

    Book ID: 26570
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  • THE ESSENTIAL GESTURE:Writing, Politics, and Places. by Gordimer, Nadine.
    Gordimer, Nadine.
    THE ESSENTIAL GESTURE:Writing, Politics, and Places.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - A selection of 23 essays, covering 40 years by this South African writer. Edited and with an introduction by Stephen Clingman. 3560pp. with index and notes. ISBN: 0-394-573978.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39864
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  • A DREAM CALLED HOME: A Memoir. by Grande, Reyna.
    Grande, Reyna.
    A DREAM CALLED HOME: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atria / Simon & Schuster, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An "account of one womans quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life . . . When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the USMexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with her parents. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage. [She] finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz." SIGNED on the title page. 324 pp. ISBN: 978-1501171420.

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

    Book ID: 76783
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  • THE POET AND THE POEM. by Jerome, Judson.
    Jerome, Judson.
    THE POET AND THE POEM.

    Edition: Revised and updated edition.

    Cincinnati: Writers Digest, (1979) dj. Hardcover - A comprehensive guide to writing and assessing poetry, beginning with the basic question "are you a poet" and "the vanity of print" Index, glossary. 399 pp. ISBN: 0-911654-704.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some edgewear to the dj)

    Book ID: 64703
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  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY. by Keyes, Marian.
    Keyes, Marian.
    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2004). First edition - A "witty, warm-hearted contemporary tale set in the world of publishing." 514 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (appears unread, but some light toning to the pages). A rather uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 66981
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  • SMALL WONDER. by Kingsolver, Barbara
    Kingsolver, Barbara
    SMALL WONDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Her second collection of essays, on subjects as diverse as Japanese food, the Grand Canyon, the story of a baby rescued by a bear in Iran, environmentalism, and the art of the novel - including some more controversial on the after effects of the 9/11 attack and homelessness as part of the American way of life. Illustrated with drawings by Paul Mirocha. 267 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0504072.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52954
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  • SOUTHWESTERN HOMELANDS. by Kittredge, William
    Kittredge, William
    SOUTHWESTERN HOMELANDS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, (2002.). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. A volume in the National Geographic Directions series, a series of literary travel book. In this, Kittredge talks about the almost universal urge to travel, and specifically to travel southwards for those who live in the Northern Rockies. The locales change from the solitary spires and mesas of Monument Valley to Cuba, the small town in New Mexico where Eastlake lived for many years, to the teeming towns of the Mexican border, and growing cities like Santa Fe and Las Vegas. He brings to life the past and the present from ancient native American communities like Chaco Canyon to old mining towns to new-age hippie…

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    Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, (2002.). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. A volume in the National Geographic Directions series, a series of literary travel book. In this, Kittredge talks about the almost universal urge to travel, and specifically to travel southwards for those who live in the Northern Rockies. The locales change from the solitary spires and mesas of Monument Valley to Cuba, the small town in New Mexico where Eastlake lived for many years, to the teeming towns of the Mexican border, and growing cities like Santa Fe and Las Vegas. He brings to life the past and the present from ancient native American communities like Chaco Canyon to old mining towns to new-age hippie communes. Among those who appear in this book are writers Ed Abbey and Doug Peacock, Abbey's model for Hayduke, William Crumley, and more. 176 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in stiff illustrated wrappers (small dot on bottom edge.)

    Book ID: 39387
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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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  • MAKING IT UP. by Lively, Penelope.
    Lively, Penelope.
    MAKING IT UP.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - In her preface, Lively contends that this is fiction - that it is an anti-memoir in which she uses events from her own life to examine alternative destinies, choices and the moments in our lives when we could have chosen a different path and changed our lives completely. 215 pp. ISBN: 0-670-034479.

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

    Book ID: 45249
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  • A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul. by Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul.

    Edition: First printing.

    Novato, CA: New World Library, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Even if you don't want to be a writer, this is a wonderful introduction to parts of San Francisc, ranging from a portrait of the author's 96-year old mother living at West Portal, the City Lights bookstore, cafes, demographic and more. The large fold-out painting (creating the a 4 page wide streetscape) and the colored drawings by Paul Madonna at the beginning of each essay capture the look and spirit of the city - an attractively-produced and seductively interesting book. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper "To -- All my best" and dated in the year of publication. Notes, index. 135 plus a colophon (which,…

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    Novato, CA: New World Library, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Even if you don't want to be a writer, this is a wonderful introduction to parts of San Francisc, ranging from a portrait of the author's 96-year old mother living at West Portal, the City Lights bookstore, cafes, demographic and more. The large fold-out painting (creating the a 4 page wide streetscape) and the colored drawings by Paul Madonna at the beginning of each essay capture the look and spirit of the city - an attractively-produced and seductively interesting book. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper "To -- All my best" and dated in the year of publication. Notes, index. 135 plus a colophon (which, in the spirit of the San Francisco area, notes that the publisher is a member of the Green Press Initiative.). ISBN: 1577315464.

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

    Book ID: 54463
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  • A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul. by Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul.

    Edition: First printing.

    Novato, CA: New World Library, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Even if you don't want to be a writer, this is a wonderful introduction to parts of San Francisc, ranging from a portrait of the author's 96-year old mother living at West Portal, the City Lights bookstore, cafes, demographic and more. The large fold-out painting (creating the a 4 page wide streetscape) and the colored drawings by Paul Madonna at the beginning of each essay capture the look and spirit of the city - an attractively-produced and seductively interesting book. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Notes, index. 135 plus a colophon (which, in the spirit of the San Francisco area, notes that the publisher is a member of the Green Press Initiative.). ISBN: 1-577315464.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58922
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  • THE WORLD IS MY HOME: A Memoir. by Michener, James.
    Michener, James.
    THE WORLD IS MY HOME: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of some of the events which shaped his life - from a small town Pennsylvania boy brought up in a foster home, to a young naval officer during World War II to a Pulitzer prize winning author. Photographs. Index. 519 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-678-401342.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket. (gift inscription.)

    Book ID: 51847
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  • TELLING LIVES: The Biographer's Art. by Pachter, Mark, editor.
    Pachter, Mark, editor.
    TELLING LIVES: The Biographer's Art.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Washington, D.C.: New Republic Books, (1979). First edition - Essays on the art of writing biography by seven award-winning biographers - Leon Edel, Justin Kaplin, Alfred Kazin, Doris Kearns [Goodwin], Theodore Rosengarten, Barbara Tuchman, and Geoffrey Wolff. Notes on contributors. 157 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy black wrappers.

    Book ID: 61048
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  • A WHOLE NEW LIFE. by Price, Reynold.
    Price, Reynold.
    A WHOLE NEW LIFE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (1994) dj. Hardcover - An account of a 'mid-life collision with cancer and paralysis' by this noted writer, originally published in 1994. Includes a selection of 'revelant poems.' 213 pp. ISBN: 0-689-121970.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket .

    Book ID: 59034
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  • DREAMING: Hard Luck and Good Times in America. by See, Carolyn.
    See, Carolyn.
    DREAMING: Hard Luck and Good Times in America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1995.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A bittersweet memoir about drug abuse and alcoholism in See's family for over fifty years, frank but also wryly optimistic, told with humor and grace. SIGNED on the title page by this award-winning novelist. Illustrated with photographs. 343 pp. ISBN: 0-679430261.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 44225
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  • I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG: A Quarrel by Shields, David and Caleb Powell.
    Shields, David and Caleb Powell.
    I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG: A Quarrel

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and artbeers included. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life . .. whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. [They] spend four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, playing chess, shooting hoops, hiking to lakes and an abandoned mine. . and talking about everything they can think of" SIGNED on the title page by David Shields. ISBN: 978-0385351942.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67903
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  • THE ZODIAC ARCH. by Stark, Freya.
    Stark, Freya.
    THE ZODIAC ARCH.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: John Murray, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of essays, many on travel and writing, but touching on other topic also, and even including three short fiction pieces (she compares this book to a patchwork quilt), together with Stark's commentary on each piece. Illustrated with a frontispiece self portrait and woodcuts by Reynolds Stone, list of sources. 230 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (offsetting to the front endpapers from the dust jacket flaps, lower corner of front flap is clipped with new publisher' price attached.)

    Book ID: 63659
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  • ART OBJECTS: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery. by Winterson, Jeannette.
    Winterson, Jeannette.
    ART OBJECTS: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Hardcover first edition - Essays on writers - especially Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein - and on her life as a writer and especially as an objection to "the lie that life is small, fragmented and mean." A small volume. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-394281330.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacke (corner of textblock lightly bumped)

    Book ID: 66383
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  • Woolf, Virginia.[1882-1941.] edited by Mary Lyon.
    BOOKS AND PORTRAITS: Some Further Selections from the Literary and Biographical Writings of Virginia Woolf.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. dj. Hardcover first edition - Although best known as a novelist, the first published works of Woolf were literary essays or reviews and she continued to write these until her death. This book contains 48 essays never before collected, selected and with a preface by Mary Lyon. Many are on authors - including Jane Austen, Thoreau, Kipling, Emerson, Sheridan, Dostoevsky, Sassoon and Melville. Other subjects of her 'portraits' are Sarah Bernhardt, Lady Hester Stanhope and more. 221 pp. ISBN: 0-15-113478-2.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 32312
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