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1 Belfrage, Cedric Abide With Me
New York William Sloane Associates (c.1948) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj) "Meek" 
(price-clipped) [a bit of staining to the rear cover and at the top right corner of the front cover, one-time owner's fancy "ex-libris" stamp on ffep, vintage bookseller's label (Levinson's, Sacramento) on rear pastedown; jacket is edgeworn/rubbed/lightly soiled, with a bit of paper loss at spine ends, pink title lettering on gray spine faded almost to the point of unreadability]. An epic satire of the American funeral industry. Published, oddly enough, in the same year as Evelyn Waugh's "The Loved One," it has remained undeservedly in the shadow of that more notorious work. Belfrage (also a Brit, though politically about as far to the left of Waugh as possible) tells the saga of the Hope Family, an undertaking dynasty, founders of "the first combined mortuary and cemetery in that section of the United States," The Vale of Hope, ultimately franchised nationwide as The Vales Inc. A funny, caustic book -- and in this bookseller's opinion, an overlooked minor classic. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2 Belfrage, Cedric Away from It All: An Escapologist's Notebook
New York Literary Guild of America 1937 NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[good solid copy, light soiling/tanning to page edges, two previous owner's signatures on ffep; jacket heavily edgeworn, some fading at spine and along edges, various small tears and chips]. The author "tried to run away from facts by taking a whirlwind trip around the world. But he didn't succeed. The more he tried to escape them, the more he was foiled by his own sharp eyes and restless intelligence. The result is [this book], a compound of personal adventure, contemporary history, travel diary and just living." Among the places visited by this most interesting fellow was Bombay, where he had a look at the native film industry (pre-Bollywood) -- a duty for which he was eminently suited, having spent some years prior as a film critic and journalist in London and Hollywood. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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3 Belfrage, Cedric The Frightened Giant: My Unfinished Affair with America
London Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. 1957 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Vicky 
[solid copy, worn at extremities as is common with this cheaply-produced book, light water spotting at top of both covers (not serious and not affecting interior); jacket has some minor fading/soiling, but in better shape than often seen]. Blacklisted journalist/editor/novelist (and one-time film critic) Belfrage took advantage(?) of the three months he was parked in jail, awaiting his eventual deportation, to write this passionate memoir, in which not only expresses his admiration for America and Americans, but also "his detestation of that small group of Americans who seek to panic their countrymen into a denial of elementary democratic freedoms." In his time, of course, he was speaking of Senator McCarthy and his ilk, but his laments have a chillingly familiar ring in today's world as well. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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4 Belfrage, Cedric They All Hold Swords
New York Modern Age Books (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [soiling to top edge, but otherwise a good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends]. Of several autobiographical works turned out by this critic-journalist-social activist, this comes the closest to a traditional memoir -- and is also the most explicit about how he, "the third son of an English gentleman," managed to somehow acquire a social conscience despite a privileged upbringing. He "tells, in terms of his personal life and in a rich satiric vein, how he finally made good his freedom from the samurai snobberies of his class, from the inequalities of English society, and from the place assigned him by birth in the British Empire. He tells how he became a newspaperman, a globetrotter, a writer on movies; how he starved in New York and grew fat in Hollywood; how London life began to repel him and how the air of America alone would let him breathe." (Well, until America threw him out, at least, during the McCarthyite Fifties.) [This latter quote, by the way, is from the book's dust jacket, which is NOT present on this copy.] 
Price: 16.00 USD
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