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1 Brackett, Charles That Last Infirmity
New York The John Day Company 1926 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn but intact copy, moderate exterior soiling, front hinge a little loosey-goosey but not split or detached; spine cloth dulled, gilt rubbed off but lettering still readable; altogether a respectable reading copy, but no more]. Novel about a rich small-town widow, who devotes her energy and fortune to the task of making good marriages for her daughters -- complicated by the fact that they're Irish, y'see, and thus not "Society." The third of five novels by this one-time New Yorker drama critic, who subsequently decamped for Hollywood, where he found success as a screenwriter and later producer (collaborating with Billy Wilder on no fewer than 13 films, in a complicated but fruitful partnership once regarded as "the happiest marriage in Hollywood"). The book's title, since I know you're wondering, comes from Milton's "Lycidas" (" Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise / (That last infirmity of noble mind) / To scorn delights and live laborious days"). 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2 Brackett, Charles Week-End
New York Robert M. McBride & Company 1925 2nd printing Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn but intact, light staining to covers, diagonal red line of undetermined origin/purpose across bottom right corner of front cover, vintage bookseller's label (Unity Pegues, Hollywood, California) on rear pastedown]. The second novel by the future New Yorker drama critic and even-more future Hollywood screenwriter and producer. It's a satire about a group of people who gather at the country home of a bishop(!) for a weekend getaway from the city; the action begins at 6:10 p.m. Friday and ends at 10:40 a.m. the following Monday. The New York Times praised the book as "entertaining and thoughtful satire [with] clever dialogue," characterizing it as "a delightfully deft study of a 'society' which has neither meaning nor direction." Brackett would go on to publish three more novels, the last of which appeared after he had already decamped for Hollywood, where he was eventually thrown into a screenwriting partnership with Billy Wilder that yielded such classics as NINOTCHKA, THE LOST WEEKEND and SUNSET BLVD.; after the pair split up, he went on to a significant career as a producer and sometimes-writer at Twentieth Century-Fox (NIAGARA, TITANIC, THE KING AND I, THE WAYWARD BUS and others). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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