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The Politics of Ernest Hemingway, Cooper, Stephen
101 Cooper, Stephen The Politics of Ernest Hemingway
Ann Arbor MI UMI Research Press (c.1987, 1985) 0-8357-1799-2 / 9780835717991 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [as-new book, with no discernible wear]. (Studies in Modern Literature, No. 71) Series A scholarly examination of how Hemingway's political views were formed and then expressed both through his fiction and in his public actions and statements. 
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Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America, Copland, Aaron
102 Copland, Aaron Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America
New York/London Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1941) 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Monnamaker[?] 
[solid clean book, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows some wear at extremities, short closed tear at top front hinge, small tear and a few tiny nicks at top edge of rear panel]. The great American composer, in his second book, "shows first of all how contemporary music grew naturally out of the work of such masters as Moussorgsky and Debussy, through Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Hindemith, to the work of younger Americans like Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, and Marc Blitzstein. The book offers a brilliant panorama of fifty years of new music [and] also provides an introduction to the formative ideas of the period, and a survey of recent and current trends." Copland also discusses many individual European composers, and includes "a special section devoted to six outstanding Americans, together with a discussion of Carlos Chavez and a review of certain aspects of Mr. Copland's own career as a composer." (The six American composers are: Charles Ives, Roy Harris, Roger Sessions, Walter Piston, Virgil Thomson, and Marc Blitzstein.) The book's last chapter, entitled "Music in the Films," expresses his thoughts about the nature and technique of film scoring, which at the time of writing he had done just twice for Hollywood features: for OF MICE AND MEN and OUR TOWN (although in his essay he doesn't really discuss his own work on either one). 
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Overkill and Megalove [*SIGNED*], Corwin, Norman
103 Corwin, Norman Overkill and Megalove [*SIGNED*]
Cleveland/New York The World Publishing Company (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[clean and flawless book; jacket very nearly so, with just a touch of handling wear]. INSCRIBED to friends and SIGNED by the author twice on the ffep, in 1963 and again in 1966 (to the same couple, "George and Jo," as yet unidentified by my research), the later inscription making humorous reference to "the occasion of the first teletransmission between Stradella and Linda Flores," likely a reference to their respective Brentwood households. "In a sequence of poems and parodies couched in the idiom of our times, [Corwin] addresses himself to all men -- including the men who shape our destiny; but mainly to the issue of nuclear war -- or peace. Crying out against the dangers of fallout, Mr. Corwin demonstrates the urgent need for peace and harmony in this troubled era." Signed by Author 
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Private Lives: An Intimate Comedy in Three Acts, Coward, Noel
104 Coward, Noel Private Lives: An Intimate Comedy in Three Acts
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. (c.1930) Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, minor pencil annotations in text (see notes), signature of actress Ona Munson on ffep; jacket somewhat edgeworn, a few tiny tears and nicks at top and bottom edges of rear panel]. Frothy comedy about a divorced couple who rekindle their romance after meeting up by chance while each is on the honeymoon of their second marriage. Basis for the 1931 film adaptation starring Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, and Reginald Denny. NOTE that the pencil annotations in the text appear to be centered around the lines for the character "Sibyl" at the beginning of the play and "Amanda" later on; I find no evidence that actress Ona Munson (whose ownership signature appears on the ffep) ever played either role. 
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R. Crumb's Head Comix, Crumb, R.
105 Crumb, R. R. Crumb's Head Comix
New York Simon & Schuster (A Fireside Book) 1988 0-671-66153-1 / 9780671661533 First Edition Thus Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by the author 
[a little bit of unobtrusive soft creasing to the front cover, very slight bends at corners of front cover]. Trade PB (cartoon illustrations) The "Twenty Years Later" edition of the R. Crumb classic, first published in 1968. Includes a new introduction "by the 'head' himself," in which he recounts tales of his early attempts to make it as a commercial artist, how two "certified lunatics" convinced him to move to San Francisco in 1967, the Haight-Ashbury scene, sex and drug use, hitchhiking across the country, being hired by Ralph Ginzburg (in Chicago) to draw comic strips, trying to sell his work in New York, then returning to San Francisco to start work on the first issue of Zap Comix (published in February 1968) and how it made him "a minor cult hero" by the fall of 1968. And as one of the characters in the back-cover illustration sez, "Dis is de stuff, baby!" -- Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat, Schuman the Human, et al. 
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Tribute to Mary Pickford, Cushman, Robert B. (apprecation, critical notes and filmography)
106 Cushman, Robert B. (apprecation, critical notes and filmography) Tribute to Mary Pickford
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute Theatre 1970 First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[some age-toning at edges, light soiling to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) 20-page booklet (including covers), issued in conjunction with a Mary Pickford film series -- the first such retrospective of her work, I believe -- presented by the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, in conjunction with the Mary Pickford Foundation. In addition to the Appreciation, it also includes a one-page essay on Pickford's Biograph shorts, and notes on nine feature films: THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917); REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (1917); STELLA MARIS (1918); DADDY LONG-LEGS (1919); POLLYANNA (1920); LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY (1921); SPARROWS (1926); MY BEST GIRL (1927); and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1929). There is also a full filmography, although crammed onto two pages and therefore with only minimal credits. Miss Pickford had no greater fan than Robert Cushman (1946-2009), author of the textual material in this booklet, who would go on to a long career as the photograph curator at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library -- which also happens to be the archival repository of the Mary Pickford papers and (thanks in large measure to Mr. Cushman's efforts) home to the most comprehensive collection of Mary Pickford photographs in the world. 
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The Suburban Whirl, and Other Stories of Married Life, Cutting, Mary Stewart
107 Cutting, Mary Stewart The Suburban Whirl, and Other Stories of Married Life
New York The McClure Company 1907 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Alice Barber Stephens 
(decorated olive cloth; no dust jacket) [slight fading at spine, otherwise an attractive book with only light shelfwear; small tear in top edge of frontispiece tissue guard]. (B&W plates) The author, who died in 1924 (and is not to be confused with her daughter, Mary Stewart Cutting Jr., who died in 1928), was a novelist and short story writer whose work presented, in the words of her N.Y. Time obituary, "important ideas in her rendering of the little things of everyday existence." OCLC records her as the sole author of or a contributor to about a dozen books, both novels and story collections; most of her short domestic-life stories appeared first in McClure's Magazine. The decorative binding on this book was designed by T.M. Cleland. 
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A Burnt Child, Dagerman, Stig (translated from the Swedish by Alan Blair)
108 Dagerman, Stig (translated from the Swedish by Alan Blair) A Burnt Child
New York William Morrow & Company [1950] First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) "TR" 
[moderate shelfwear to book, light dust-soiling and minor spotting to top edge; jacket has small tears at several corners, a little nick at bottom of front panel, spine a little browned]. "The first of this talented young Swedish writer's books to appear in English, [it is] the story of the powerful and complex emotional struggles of a twenty-year-old boy who, after the death of his mother, finds himself overwhelmed by his feelings not only of grief, but of hatred, jealousy, love and vengeance." The author's third novel (originally published in 1948), it all sounds pretty grim, but no more so than his own life: after a long struggle with depression and writer's block, he committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 31. His books are still in print today, however, his works and legacy kept alive by the Stig Dagerman Society and by his daughter Lo Dagerman. 
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Way of Life, Daly, Muriel
109 Daly, Muriel Way of Life
New York/London D. Appleton-Century Company 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light wear to bottom edges and spine ends, slight fading to cloth at top of spine; jacket lightly soiled, tiny puncture-tear in spine (internally tape-repaired), a couple of little edge-nicks]. A novel of English society, "peopled with a group of characters as fresh and original as the story itself" -- all English types except for a "crafty Italian peasant," Rosa Moro, "the villainess of the piece but not very villainous. This London-born author's first novel, "The Ants' Nest," was well-reviewed in 1938, but this one (her second) seems to have also been her last; given the dates, and her stated profession at the time of the book's publication (she was "correspondent to the Italian Riviera to The London Times"), one naturally wonders if she made it through the war OK. 
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Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life: A Hollywood Master of Music for the Movies, Danly, Linda, ed.
110 Danly, Linda, ed. Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life: A Hollywood Master of Music for the Movies
Latham MD/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1999 0-8108-3582-7 / 9780810835825 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[nice tight clean book, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (Filmmakers, No. 66) Series (B&W photographs) "A comprehensive survey of the career of one of Hollywood's most oustanding composers of film music, [which] provides numerous perspectives, ranging from the personal to the critical, about one of the most important musical figures of the twentieth century. The bulk of the book consists of a transcript of the American Film Institute's oral history interview with Friedhofer himself, conducted by Irene Kahn Atkins in 1974. The book also contains: an introduction by Tony Thomas; "A Portrait of Hugo Friedhofer" by Linda Danly; reproductions of Friedhofer's correspondence with film music columnist Page Cook; an "Epilogue" by Gene Lees; an "In Memoriam" by fellow composer David Raksin; and a complete filmography. 
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The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System [*SIGNED*], Davis, Ronald L.
111 Davis, Ronald L. The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System [*SIGNED*]
Dallas Southern Methodist University Press 1993 0-87074-358-9 / 9780870743580 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, virtually as new with faint handling wear only]. Trade PB (B(&W photographs) INSCRIBED to noted film director Vincent Sherman and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A history of the golden age of the Hollywood studio system, drawing heavily on the hundreds of oral history interviews conducted by the author at SMU. Signed by Author 
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Color, Ebony, Day, Helen Caldwell
112 Day, Helen Caldwell Color, Ebony
New York Sheed & Ward 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Johannes Troyer 
[moderate shelfwear, bookplate of Gerard Manley Hopkins on ffep (with one-time owner's signature in top margin); jacket very faded (title on front panel is virtually unreadable), extensive shallow chipping at edges, general soiling, etc.]. "What is it like to be born of parents who are highly educated, but unbelievably poor, to be a child taught to be religious because your parents consider some religion a good thing (though of course by no means so important as worldly success), and what is it like to find at eleven that your parents, both of whom you love dearly, are going to be divorced? And last but not least, what is it like to be colored and made to feel it from childhood on?" This is the story told by the then-23-year-old author, written while she was confined to a sanatorium with tuberculosis (like she didn't have enough going against her already). The point of the book is "to tell the story of a Negro in American society and to point out that the entire problem of racism can be reduced to a misunderstanding and misapplication of Christian principles." (Sounds pretty much like today, when most of the misunderstanding and misapplication of Christian principles is committed by the people most loudly proclaiming themselves to be Christians.) 
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Joaquin de Alba views Violence in America: De Tocqueville's America Revisited, de Alba, Joaquin; Foreword by Chester Burger
113 de Alba, Joaquin; Foreword by Chester Burger Joaquin de Alba views Violence in America: De Tocqueville's America Revisited
Washington DC Acropolis Books (c.1969) 0-87491-120-6 / 9780874911206 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Joaquin de Alba 
[solid copy with minimal shelfwear, tiny stain on bottom edge of text block; jacket has a couple of tiny nicks at top of spine, a couple of small closed tears along top edge of rear panel, very light surface rubbing]. (cartoon drawings) In the wake of the violent events of 1968 (including the RFK and MLK assassinations), a leading Spanish cartoonist took a harsh look at America's culture of violence by juxtaposing quotations from Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," orginally published in 1835 and 1840, with politically-themed cartoons depicting conditions and events in the modern-day U.S. It ain't a pretty picture. "Combining the wittily acid pen of [de Alba] with the biting commentary made over a hundred years ago by Alexis de Tocqueville creates a volume providing a rare treat for the reader-observer of the American way of life." De Alba (1912-1983) had been a political cartoonist in Spain since the 1930s (the jacket blurb states that he was the "former official cartoonist in Franco's Spain"), but had been living and working in the U.S. for eight years at the time this book appeared; one of his cartoons was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1966. Among his fans was President Lyndon B. Johnson, who (not surprisingly) makes frequent appearances in de Alba's cartoons, and who even provided an endorsement of sorts, reproduced on the rear jacket panel. (It had to do with de Alba supplying originals of some of his cartoons for display at the LBJ Library in Texas.) Laid in to this book is a statement from the publisher, dated October 1, 1973, commending the book's previous owner "for suggesting the deTocquille [sic] theme" for the book, and praising her "creative approach and editorial assistance on several of our other books." 
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Sad Laughter Memories: A Daisy-Guts Cocktail and The Legend of Sipho Nyembezi [*SIGNED*], de Ridder, Jac
114 de Ridder, Jac Sad Laughter Memories: A Daisy-Guts Cocktail and The Legend of Sipho Nyembezi [*SIGNED*]
Johannesburg Jonathan Ball Publishers 1983 0-86850-062-3 / 9780868500621 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Abe Berry Signed by Author
[very slight wear at ends of spine, otherwise tight and clean; ditto the jacket, with just some light surface-scratching to the rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ________ & ______ / with affection / Jac"; also dated in the year of publication. Two novellas set in Sophiatown, a Johannesburg suburb which was once a vibrant center of black culture, but which under apartheid (still the law of the land in South Africa at the time of this volume's publication) had "been bulldozed into the ground to make way for the soulless symmetry of a new white suburb, Triomf" (after its non-white residents had been forcibly removed and relocated to various settlements and townships, of course). "A Daisy-Guts Cocktail" is a "tale of gangsters, shebeen queens, murderers, bank robbers, wayward spirits and strangely gifted souls"; "The Legend of Sipho Nyembezi" tells of "the gentle hunchback blacksmith who talks to angels, and of his friend Macbeth, a Clydedale stallion, who together become entangled in a series of events beyond their control." Signed by Author 
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Daniel Pinkham: A Bio-Bibliography, DeBoer, Kee, and John B. Ahouse
115 DeBoer, Kee, and John B. Ahouse Daniel Pinkham: A Bio-Bibliography
New York/Westport CT/London Greenwood Press 1988 0-313-25503-2 / 9780313255038 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor handling wear, slightly bumped at top front spine corner, tiny stain at edge of ffep]. (Bio-Bibliographies in Music, No. 12) Series (B&W photo frontispiece) "Ever since the mid-1940s when he was a recent graduate from Harvard, Daniel Pinkham has composed music at a remarkably consistent rate. His more than 300 musical compositions cover his entire career as performer and teacher, and are in part a measure of his success at securing commissions from a variety of organizations and individuals. From this it follows that Pinkham is performed widely and often, so that a bibliography of his music becomes inseparable from an accounting of the many concerts at which his works have held a featured place." This volume contains: a biography; a completely catalogue of works and a selected list of performances; a discography; a bibliography; four appendices. There's a note at the end of the preface stating that he had completed four more compositions since the text had been completed -- and he lived for almost another twenty years after its publication. 
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The Kingmaker, Denker, Henry
116 Denker, Henry The Kingmaker
New York David McKay Company (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Milton Charles 
[heavy foxing to top edge, somewhat less on fore-edge, some soiling to book's covers, boards slightly warped, light musty smell; the jacket, however, has been affected by none of this, and is nearly flawless, with just a touch of soiling to the rear panel]. One of the more outrageous romans-a-clef in the annals of Hollywood fiction, a thinly fictionalized telling of the rise of MCA founder Jules Stein -- here "Dr. Irwin Cone" (nee 'Isidore Cohen"), who builds his "Talent Corporation of America" into a powerful media giant, and who eventually moves to protect his empire from charges of monopoly by his behind-the-scenes manipulation of an appealing has-been cowboy star into the governorship of (as they say) "a great Western state." This "novel of greed, lust, ambition, and the cynical perversion of power" depicts the ways in which Cone's Machiavellian ingenuity and cunning turn the actor, "Jeff Jefferson" (you fill in the real name here), into a full-blown political figure. One can only wonder if the author had an inkling in 1972 of what still lay ahead for Ronald Reagan, the real-life counterpart of Jeff Jefferson. (It's been rumored that there was an attempt at suppression of this novel -- certainly no one was likely to make it into a movie!) My favorite line of dialogue comes near the end, as one character speculates about the potential of the new Governor Jefferson, "Sometimes the man takes over the office. Sometimes the office takes over the man. I guess with him it'll depend on whether he' s playing a governor or being one." 
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How to Play Bongos - Timbales - Conga Drums - Maracas, Deutch, (Dr.) M.; edited by Chas. Colin
117 Deutch, (Dr.) M.; edited by Chas. Colin How to Play Bongos - Timbales - Conga Drums - Maracas
New York New Sounds in Modern Music (c.1956) Unstated edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ Illustrated by (design by) Bob Blansky 
[light edgewear, minor creasing to covers, light soiling to rear cover]. (diagrams, musical examples) Just 48 pages, but enthusiastically pitched as "4 Great Books in 1." Too bad they weren't as enthuiastic about their proofreading, or they might have avoided the typo of "Congo Drums" on the front cover. 
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Great Crimes of San Francisco, Dickensheet, Dean W., ed.
118 Dickensheet, Dean W., ed. Great Crimes of San Francisco
New York Ballantine Books (A Comstock Edition) 1974 0-345-24297-1 / 9780345242976 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[modest external wear, reading crease along front hinge, short diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front cover; see NOTE regarding signature on top of ffep]. Mass Market PB Contents: "The Death of a Dentist" by David Magee; "The Phosphorescent Bride" by Oscar Lewis; "Wells, Fargo Jekyll and Hyde" by Richard H. Dillon; "The History of Theodore Durrant" by Thomas S. Duke; "Eleven Days' Wonder" by Lenore Glen Offord; "The Lingering Doubt" by Miriam Allen deFord; "The Labor Union Murders" by Joe Gores; "This is the Zodiac Speaking..." by Duffy Jennings; "The Chinatown Murders" by Thomas W. Emch. NOTE: At the top of the first inside page appears the following signature/inscription: "Dustin Hoffman / L.A. / July - 1976." I am assured by the person from whom I obtained this book that it indeed was once the property of Dustin Hoffman. 
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Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten, Dmytryk, Edward
119 Dmytryk, Edward Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten
Carbondale/Edwardsville Southern Illinois University Press (c.1996) 0-8093-1999-3 / 9780809319992 1st Edition (softcover issue) Softcover Near Fine 
[slight bumping to corners of rear cover, otherwise nice and clean, virtually as-new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In this personal and perceptive book, [the author] vividly chronicles the history of a particularly turbulent era in American political life while examining his own life before and after the events universally called the witch hunts. He details his brief membership in the Communist Party of America, explaining his initial commitment to what he perceived as communist ideals of civil liberties, economic justice, and antifascism, followed by his eventual disillusionment with the party as it betrayed those ideals. He goes on to provide a fair assessment of what then happened to him and the effect it had on the rest of his life. Dmytryk describes the activities, prejudices, and personal behaviors of all the parties enmeshed in the congressional hearings on communism in Hollywood. His reactions to other members of the Hollywood Ten and his recollection of conversations with them lend his book an immediacy that is not only informative but also absorbing." It's worth noting that when Dmytryk published his autobiography, in 1978, half of the Hollywood Ten (himself included) were still alive; by the time this book came out in 1996, he had outlived all but one (Ring Lardner Jr.). 
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Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver, Dobie, J. Frank
120 Dobie, J. Frank Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver
Boston Little, Brown & Company 1944 4th printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj and illustrations) Tom Lea 
[tight clean book, with just a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has a few tiny tears and chips along the top edge (front and rear panels both), still bright and attractive]. (color plates, pen and ink drawings) Beguiling mash-up of fact and legend about the mother(s) of all gold and silver mines, supposedly "still there!" somewhere in the American Southwest, by an author who "has prospected more exhaustively into the history and legends of the southwest than any other man [and presents] a nerve-tingling account of buried treasure truer than many that launched fleets and depopulated towns." 
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