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Mary Austin On the Art of Writing; A letter to Henry James Forman, Austin, Mary (introduction by James E. Phillips)
1 Austin, Mary (introduction by James E. Phillips) Mary Austin On the Art of Writing; A letter to Henry James Forman
Los Angeles The Friends of the UCLA Library 1961 NO First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[lovely clean copy, with the slightest bit of bumping to the bottom corners, a trace of rust on the staples]. Small booklet (in grey printed wrappers) reprinting a letter from Austin to journalist/editor Forman, dated September 17, 1918, which is described in the introduction as "a valuable index to her basic concept of the artistic process, as well as a remarkable revelation of her frank and forthright personality." Printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press, Pasadena, in linotype Aldus and monotype Centaur, September 1961. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Helen Hunt Jackson [*SIGNED*], Banning, Evelyn I.
2 Banning, Evelyn I. Helen Hunt Jackson [*SIGNED*]
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1973) 0-8149-0735-0 / 9780814907351 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Douglas Hollis Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear, a few tiny spots on top edge of text block; jacket front panel very slightly wrinkled]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author beneath her printed name on the title page. A biography of the author of "Ramona," who was also a prominent advocate for Native Americans, whose "forthrightness and dedication to righting the wrongs of the Indians brought about her appointment as special United States commissioner to investigate conditions among the Mission Indians of Southern California. In this capacity and as an author, she traveled tirelessly through wild and harsh country, under circumstances that today's woman of liberation would find extremely difficult." She was also "in constant touch with the literary world of the East," and numbered Emily Dickinson, "her childhood playmate," among her closest friends. Signed by Author 
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My War with the United States, Bemelmans, Ludwig
3 Bemelmans, Ludwig My War with the United States
New York The Viking Press 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by the author 
(tan decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [nice square/solid copy, a bit of soiling to cloth here and there, mild spotting/discoloration to spine; interior very clean]. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Writers in Love, Benet, Mary Kathleen
4 Benet, Mary Kathleen Writers in Love
New York Macmillan 1977 0-02-508900-5 / 9780025089006 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) The New Studio 
[a couple of small dents & some fading at edges of boards, previous owner's purchase notation in red ink on ffep; jacket mildly soiled, no tears or chips]. "Katherine Mansfield, George Eliot, Colette, and the men they lived with," sez the jacket, although that seems a trifle tacky for what is described elsewhere as "a revolutionary portrayal of the female genius that combines these three marvelously romantic love stories with a controversial view of the sexual nature of women's art....More than an inquiry into the nature of women's art, it is a portrait of three couples who achieved more together than they might ever have done separately." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Boris Vian, Boggio, Philippe
5 Boggio, Philippe Boris Vian
(n.p.) Flammarion (c.1993) 2-08-066734-3 / 9782080667342 Unstated edition Softcover Near Fine 
[minor surface- and edge-wear to covers, faint diagonal crease at bottom of rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Biography of the French novelist/playwright/poet/critic/jazz musician/actor/singer, best known today (to the extent that he's known at all) for his surrealistic fiction, not all of which has been translated into English, and for a quartet of scandalous crime novels written in the late 1940s under the pseudonym "Vernon Sullivan." Text in French; includes bibliography. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 Mistresses of Murder, Budd, Elaine
6 Budd, Elaine 13 Mistresses of Murder
New York Ungar Publishing Co. (c.1986) 0-8044-2086-6 / 9780804420860 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[top edge a little dust-soiled; jacket slightly rubbed]. A baker's dozen women mystery writers discuss their craft -- Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Ruth Rendell, Lady Antonia Fraser, Dorothy Uhnak, Margaret Millar, Amanda Cross, Emma Lathen, Phyllis A. Whitney, Dorothy B. Hughes, Shannon Ocork, Lucy Freeman. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Thornton Wilder, Castronovo, David
7 Castronovo, David Thornton Wilder
New York Ungar Publishing Co. 1986 0-8044-2119-6 / 9780804421195 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj drawing) Kimanne Uhler 
(but price-clipped) [ex-library, but you'd hardly know it: the book appears to have never been opened, and the jacket is unblemished except for the price-clipping; top front corner of book is bumped, and there is some minimal stamping on the title page, a "Withdrawn" stamp on the ffep, and the remnants of a formerly glued-down jacket protector on both pastedowns]. (Literature and Life: American Writers) Series 
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This Must Be the Place: Memoirs of Jimmie the Barman (James Charters), Charters, James (Jimmie the Barman); as told to Morrill Cody
8 Charters, James (Jimmie the Barman); as told to Morrill Cody This Must Be the Place: Memoirs of Jimmie the Barman (James Charters)
New York Lee Furman, Inc. (c.1937) 1st Edition (see note) Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [clean, solid copy, minor wear at corners and spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Memoirs of the famous Montparnasse saloonkeeper, host to numerous expatriate writers (Hemingway and his crowd). This is actually the first U.S. edition, the book having been originally published in England in 1934; I have seen reference to this as a "revised" edition, but have no definitive source to verify this. Introduction by Ernest Hemingway. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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A Bibliography of the Works of Ernest Hemingway [limited/numbered edition], Cohn, Louis Henry
9 Cohn, Louis Henry A Bibliography of the Works of Ernest Hemingway [limited/numbered edition]
New York Random House 1931 NO 1st Edition (#451/500) Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [a little shelfwear to bottom edge and spine ends, a few tiny white smudges on covers and spine; fold-out has some creasing at leading edge due to careless re-folding over time; book protected with a new mylar jacket]. (facsimiles) The first bibliography of Hemingway's work, graced with a facsimile reproduction of an E.H. holograph page (reproduced as a fold-out frontispiece), on which Hemingway has typed a note advising Cohn of his belief that "it is all balls to publish bibliographies of living writers." 
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10 Connely, Willard Brawny Wycherley: First Master in English Modern Comedy
New York/London Charles Scribner's Sons 1930 NO 1st Edition ("A") Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [top front corner bumped and slightly frayed, some dust-darkening to top edge, minor overall wear, light spotting to front cover]. (B&W plates) Biography of English playwright William Wycherley (1640-1716). 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante [*SIGNED*], Cooper, Stephen
11 Cooper, Stephen Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante [*SIGNED*]
New York North Point Press 2000 0-86547-554-7 / 9780865475540 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Mitchell Signed by Author
[very nice copy, tight and clean with only light shelfwear; jacket slightly faded at spine, minor surface wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For _____ / Friends in John Fante") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, dated in the year of publication. "In the first comprehensive biography of John Fante, one of the great outsider figures of twentieth-century literature, [the author] untangles the enigma of an authentic American original. .... Exacting in his scholarship, Cooper artfully traces the resemblance between author and Arturo, the hero of Fante's famed autobiographical works." Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Changing Face of Horror: A Study of the Nineteenth-Century French Fantastic Short Story, Cummiskey, Gary
12 Cummiskey, Gary The Changing Face of Horror: A Study of the Nineteenth-Century French Fantastic Short Story
New York/San Francisco Peter Lang (c.1992) 0-8204-1775-0 / 9780820417752 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Jean Morley 
(laminated boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, bottom corners bumped and very slightly split, but no other significant wear]. (The Age of Revolution and Romanticism: Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. 3) Series From the author's introduction: "The fantastic short story was popular in France during two periods in the nineteenth century -- first, in the Romantic period, during the 1830's and early 1840's, and again during the last quarter of the century. The fantastic stories of the two periods are quite distinct in a number of ways (e.g., density, the nature of the fantastic element, the treatment of the non-fantastic aspects, and the tone). I have undertaken to elucidate these differences by studying the stories of each period from the point of view of the contemporary reader. I have examine the changes in the fantastic short story through an application of the theoretical work of Hans Robert Jauss." (OK, that's enough; just so you know what you're in for.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer, Dardis, Tom
13 Dardis, Tom The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer
New York Ticknor & Fields 1989 0-89919-376-5 / 9780899193762 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj illustration) Peter De SÚve 
[tight clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket shows only light surface wear]. This book "explores the strange and pernicious link between alcohol and creativity among American artists" through an examination of the lives and work of William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Eugene O'Neill, alcoholics one and all. Per the blurb, the author "convincingly argues [that] the work of each suffered grievously from the disease." Ya think? 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Huxley in Hollywood, Dunaway, David King
14 Dunaway, David King Huxley in Hollywood
New York Harper & Row (c.1989) 0-06-039095-6 / 9780060390952 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lynn Dreese Breslin 
[beautiful copy, tight and clean, appears unread; the jacket has just a very tiny surface-nick and some faint soiling to the front panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the English novelist and sometimes-screenwriter, focusing on his social and professional life in California, where he settled in 1937. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Work of George Zebrowski: An Annotated Bibliography & Literary Guide, Elliot, Jeffrey M., & Robert Reginald
15 Elliot, Jeffrey M., & Robert Reginald The Work of George Zebrowski: An Annotated Bibliography & Literary Guide
San Bernardino CA The Borgo Press (c.1996) 0-8095-1514-8 / 9780809515141 Third Edition Softcover Fine 
[clean and bright, very slight edgewear to front cover]. (Bibliography of Modern Authors, No. 4) Series Trade PB This is the "revised and expanded" third edition of a work originally published in 1986. 
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16 Fryer, Peter Mrs. Grundy: Studies in English Prudery
New York London House & Maxwell 1964 (c.1963) NO 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj 
[solid copy, very faint dampstaining along bottom page edges (affecting 2nd half of book), top corners bumped; jacket moderately worn at extremities, rear panel water- stained/wrinkled, creasing in spine]. (B&W photos, other illustrations) "A detailed and absorbing study of English prudery (which [the author] defines as interference, organized or unorganized, in other people's pleasures) as it has found expression in various fields since the Middle Ages." 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Wit's End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table, Gaines, James R.
17 Gaines, James R. Wit's End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table
New York/London Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1977) 0-15-197521-3 / 9780151975211 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Will Cotton 
[light scuffing to bottom edges of covers, previous owner's ownership notation on reverse of ffep; jacket has a couple of tiny surface-scrape marks at bottom edge of front panel, small chip at base of spine]. (B&W photographs) "Here is the only part (it is perhaps the most important part) of the Round Table story that has never before been told: how these celebrated, immensely talented people were blinded by their own press releases, and crippled by an enormous self-consciousness that stunted them both intellectually and personally. Here is the other side of the legend." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Flowers of Friendship: Letters written to Gertrude Stein, Gallup, Donald, ed.
18 Gallup, Donald, ed. The Flowers of Friendship: Letters written to Gertrude Stein
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1953 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alvin Lustig 
[solid book, no significant wear, age-toning to edges of text block and slight fading to cloth at edges of covers; jacket a little edgeworn, a handful of tiny tears and associated minor creasing along top edge]. (B&W photographs, line drawing by Picasso) A selection of approximately 450 letters, from an estimated 20,000 received by G.S. and bequeathed by her to the Yale University library. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction: A History of Its Criticism and a Guide for Its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800, Gove, Philip Babcock
19 Gove, Philip Babcock The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction: A History of Its Criticism and a Guide for Its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800
New York Octagon Books 1975 (c.1941) 0-374-93223-9 / 9780374932237 Reprint Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-library with typical internal and external markings (including pocket on ffep, a couple of small labels on spine, stamp on top edge); moderate shelfwear, some residue and minor scarring at top of front cover from removed label, text clean]. Includes bibliography and index. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Bitter Bierce: A Mystery of American Letters, Grattan, C. Hartley
20 Grattan, C. Hartley Bitter Bierce: A Mystery of American Letters
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1929 First Edition Hardcover California Edition Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate exterior soiling/light staining (mostly to spine), rubbing to gilt lettering on spine and front cover; still a presentable copy, firmly bound and internally very clean]. One of the first book-length examinations of the life and work of Ambrose Bierce, divided into four sections: Biographical; Literature; Ideas; Conclusion. From the last-named section: "In the face of all the considerations that can be brought forth for calling Bierce a forerunner of the modern age, it .... must be conceded that he is worthy of a place along with Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, who, in spite of their foibles and failures, are reckoned to have been writers of high merit. He, like those, had a part in the coming of age of American literature." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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