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The Streets of Askelon [*SIGNED*], Aspler, Tony
1 Aspler, Tony The Streets of Askelon [*SIGNED*]
London Secker & Warburg 1972 0-436-02230-3 / 9780436022302 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Dempsey Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light shelfwear, minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket heavily worn at edges, spine sunned, tiny tears at most corners and spine ends]. INSCRIBED ("To ____________ / with best wishes") and SIGNED and dated (Oct. 1972) by the author on the ffep. Novel about a Brendan Behan-like Irish poet who "has just concluded a highly successful, highly scandalous American tour. Reluctantly he accepts a last-minute extension to take in Montreal. It proves a disastrous decision. On his arrival he is ignored, but fame comes to him after his arrest in a brothel." The author has subsequently written a number of other novels (this being his first), but is perhaps best known today as "the most widely read wine writer in Canada." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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I Was a King, Bere, Clifford Ifan
2 Bere, Clifford Ifan I Was a King
Swansea Christopher Davies 1976 0-7154-0196-3 / 9780715401965 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, tiny finger-smudge on top edge near spine, gift inscription (non-authorial) covering most of ffep; jacket slightly yellowed, with light soiling, a bit of wear along top edge, slight fading to red spine lettering]. "The Watchmen of Wales, a movement set up by young men with strong left wing and nationalist views, and run on quasi military lines has a strict all male ruling on its membership. The two leaders, Glyn and Morgan, decide to accept a beautiful woman into their unit. Her influence grows almost immediately. Both Glyn and Morgan fall in love with her and the unit sways towards her policies." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Without a Stitch, Bjřrneboe, Jens (translated from the Norwegian by Walter Barthold)
3 Bjřrneboe, Jens (translated from the Norwegian by Walter Barthold) Without a Stitch
New York Grove Press (c.1969) NO First American Edition Hardcover First Printing Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Lagarde 
[nice clean book with just the teensiest bumping to the bottom corners; jacket also very nice, but with a few pen-point indentations (no ink marks, however) on the front panel, as though someone once used it momentarily as a scribble pad]. First-person narrative novel about a "19-year-old girl troubled by her frigidity with boys" who discovers her Lesbian libido via a serious fight with a girlfriend, "complete with scratching, hair-pulling, and fists." Purportedly "widely published in Europe" without incident, it ran into trouble in the author's native Norway, with their Supreme Court banning the book and fining Bjřrneboe for "sexual nihilism." The book seems to have not been published in the U.S. until November 1969, just a month or so before the release of a Danish-made film adaptation; it was the latter event that led Grove to issue a new dust jacket featuring a still from the film (which appears on the second and all subsequent printings). However, there may have been another reason the original jacket was "retired." Take another look at that naked beach babe: it's none other than Jane Fonda, and although the photo itself is properly credited to the photographer, she might as well have been an anonymous model. But the weird thing is that Jane was hardly an unknown at the time: on-screen since 1961, she'd reached the peak of the first (sex-kitten) stage of her career by starring in her then-husband Roger Vadim's ultra-campy 1968 film BARBARELLA. Nor was this particular nude-ish photo session exactly obscure: a very similar shot had been given major exposure (sorry) in a March 1968 issue of Life Magazine (in a cover story on BARBARELLA), and yet another was mass-marketed as a male-dorm-room-suitable poster -- which poster, in turn, would be re-purposed a few years later as a vehicle for expressing anti-"Hanoi Jane" vitriol. The point being: did Grove's decision to use this already-close-to-iconic celebrity image to package their titillating Scandinavian import represent prescient marketing boldness, or a simple unlicensed "oops"? The episode (if it can be called that) seems to have gone unremarked-upon in any of the literature on Ms. Fonda, so any claims that she might have effected its "withdrawal" or "suppression" should be taken with a grain of sand, pending actual, you know, evidence. Do note, however, that second and subsequent printings (with the film-still jacket) are considerably more common than the "naked Jane" first. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Shrouded Woman, Bombal, Maria-Luisa
4 Bombal, Maria-Luisa The Shrouded Woman
New York Farrar, Straus and Company 1948 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) [Philip] Grushkin 
[very nice copy with minimal shelfwear, a trace of spotting to top page edges; jacket equally nice, with one tiny chip at bottom of rear panel, slight wrinkling at top of front panel]. The second novel by this highly-regarded Chilean writer tells "the story of a beautiful and violent woman, who sees clearly, only after death, the intricate pattern which her passions made in the lives of those who were close to her." Bombal lived in the U.S. for about thirty years (ca. 1940-1970); this was her second book to appear in English, and the publishers chose to completely obscure the fact that it had been published in Spanish ten years earlier. (No translator is mentioned, for instance, and even her previous book, "House of Mist," is described in the jacket blurb as "her first English novel," although it, too, had been published in the preceding decade in her native language.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Shrouded Woman, Bombal, Maria-Luisa
5 Bombal, Maria-Luisa The Shrouded Woman
London Cassell and Company, Ltd. 1950 NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Lowen" 
[moderate shelfwear, light fading to cloth along top/bottom edges and at spine, one-time owner's address label (see note) on ffep; jacket is edgeworn and moderately soiled (mostly to rear panel), small beverage-ring mark on front panel, slight paper loss at top of spine (no loss of text), which is also internally marked by an old tape repair]. The first English edition (less common than the American) of this highly-regarded Chilean writer's second novel, "the story of a beautiful and violent woman, who sees clearly only after death the intricate pattern which her passions made in the lives of those who were close to her." Bombal lived in the U.S. for about thirty years (ca. 1940-1970), and as with the American edition of this book (and her first, "House of Mist"), there is no indication anywhere on this book of the fact that it had been published in Spanish ten years earlier. (No translator is mentioned, for instance, although that's likely because the author did her own translation.) The one-time owner's address label in this copy is that of famed sci-fi guru Forrest J Ackerman. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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What God Wants [*SIGNED*], Brett, Lily
6 Brett, Lily What God Wants [*SIGNED*]
New York Birch Lane Press 1993 (c.1991) 1-55972-193-6 / 9781559721936 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by David Rankin; (dj design) Milton Glaser Signed by Author
[tight, clean, unread, a lovely copy; jacket would be Fine also but for mild sunning to spine]. Warmly INSCRIBED to friends, and SIGNED by the author ("Lily") on the title page, in New York, in the year of U.S. publication. First published in Australia in 1991, the book, a "collection of interrelated stories" about a community of children of Holocaust survivors (as is the author herself), received the National Steele Rudd Award, "the most prestigious honor that nation bestows upon a new literary voice." Jacket blurbers include Chaim Potok, who lauds the stories as "symphonic in their interrelatedness, often Rabelaisian in tone and style, and alternately comic and tragic in their frenetic preoccupation with family, food, and fornication." Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Renée, La Vagabonde, Colette (translated from the French by Charlotte Remfry-Kidd)
7 Colette (translated from the French by Charlotte Remfry-Kidd) Renée, La Vagabonde
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1931 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) from drawings by Dignimont 
(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear, light dust-soiling/spotting to top edge; jacket browned/discolored/faded at spine, otherwise just lightly worn and quite attractive] Novel about "the darling of the Paris music halls," miserable in her marriage to an unfaithful fop of a husband, and her passionate love for "a big, simple, straightforward landholder from the provinces." (Ah, it's always the big, simple, straightforward ones, isn't it? Especially if they're landholders.) The novel, based on Colette's own experiences, was originally published as "La Vagabonde" in France in 1910, and was adapted into a 1918 silent film, "La Vagabonda." Critic James Hopkin celebrated the book's centenary in a rhapsodic 2011 article in The Guardian, praising its "energy and inventiveness" and calling it "a rousing novel of love and guile, of vulnerability and vituperative wit, of poetry and self-empowerment, a slim volume scored with little wisdoms, sumptuous descriptions and the 'heroic vanity' of an unforgettable cast." Jacketed copies of the original American editions of Colette's novels are all quite scarce. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Autumn Serenade [*SIGNED*], Conhaim, D. László
8 Conhaim, D. László Autumn Serenade [*SIGNED*]
Prague The Prague Review Books 1999 80-902291-15 / 9788090229112 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[a little fading to spine and along left edge of front cover, no other significant wear]. Trade PB INSCRIBED ("For _____, With very best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated "Prague, 16.4.'99." Novel about a one-armed American novelist (he lost the other one running with the bulls in Pamplona in his youth), divorced, childless, and past his prime, living on an island off the Mallorcan coast. His fascination with a young photographer leads him to Madrid and "an exotic misadventure involving jazz, luxury hotels, the Prado Museum, virulent critics, grilled hake, and a quixotic dream of Moorish Spain." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 D'Aurevilly, Jules Barbey (translated from the French, with an introduction, by Ernest Boyd) The Diaboliques (The Blue Jade Library)
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1925 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, mild shelfwear; no jacket, but laid in are three pieces that appear to have been clipped from the jacket, describing this work and listing several others "in preparation" in the series]. (The Blue Jade Library) Series The author "was one of Beaudelaire's favorite authors. His style has been described by one of his contemporaries as a mixture of 'tiger's blood and honey,' and Edmund Gosse speaks of 'his strange intensity,' his 'sensual and fantastic force.' All his qualities are present in this famous volume, which is regarded as his masterpiece and has been praised by critics as diverse as George Saintsbury and Charles Whibley." Contains the following stories: The Crimson Curtain; At a Dinner of Atheists; The Greatest Love of Don Juan; Happiness in Crime; Beneath the Cards at a Game of Whist; A Woman's Revenge. Also includes an essay by Edmund Gosse (quoted above). [NOTE that this book is not related to the 1955 French film LES DIABOLIQUES, although the original French edition had the same title as the film.] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Fräulein [Fraulein], de Andrade, Mario (translated by Margaret Richardson Hollingsworth)
10 de Andrade, Mario (translated by Margaret Richardson Hollingsworth) Fräulein [Fraulein]
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1933) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Alec Redmond 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, a bit of dust-soiling and light spotting to top of text block, minor staining to endpapers (mostly in gutters); jacket a bit edgeworn, spine faded (but still fully readable), tiny chip at top rear hinge, short closed tear and associated horizontal crease at top of front panel]. The first appearance in English of any work by this major Brazilian modernist poet/novelist/critic. His first novel, published in 1927, it was largely conceived as a formal experiment, an attempt to adapt the same speech-patterned technique he had developed in his poetry to the writing of prose; the technique found full flower in his next novel, "Macunaima," regarded as a groundbreaking work in Brazilian literature. The original Portuguese title of this book was "Amar, Verbo Intranzitivo" ("Love, Intransitive Verb") -- but before you go trying to figure out what "fräulein" means in Portuguese, let me point out that the novel's plot concerns "the blonde-haired German governess in a wealthy Brazilian family [who] ostensibly teaches language and music to the children," but has actually been hired by the father to initiate his son into "the beauties of love" in order to protect him from the "disease and sordidness of brothels." And fess up, now -- you thought it was just another trashy Macaulay novel, didn't ya? 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Disinherited, del Castillo, Michel (translated from the French by Humphrey Hare)
11 del Castillo, Michel (translated from the French by Humphrey Hare) The Disinherited
London Serpent's Tail 1986 (c.1959) 1-85242-102-9 / 9781852421021 1st ed. thus Softcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover) Cliff Harper 
[tight and unread, minor age-toning to page edges; jacket shows light handling wear only, mild creasing along bottom edge of front panel, U.S. distributor's price label on rear cover]. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Out of Such Fires, Devanny, Jean
12 Devanny, Jean Out of Such Fires
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1934) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Parkhurst 
(price-clipped) [light age-toning and mild soiling to edges of text block, a touch of shelfwear to bottom corners; jacket edgeworn, with a bit of creasing, 1-1/2" closed tear at bottom left corner of front panel, minor paper loss at a few corners, tiny chip at top of rear panel, light soiling to rear panel]. "The chief character is an English girl, a writer in search of new experience. She finds it in overwhelming measure when she enters the Jerumba sheep station [in Australia] as a servant. For there she crashes against the antipathy of the vilest woman character that any author has yet conceived -- a walking exhibition of neurotic bestiality that is neither fantastic nor overdrawn." Devanny (1894-1962) was a New Zealand-born writer who became a prominent speaker and activist on behalf of the Communist Party of Australia, and was well-known for her outspoken opinions on sexuality and women's rights. (One on-line reference source states that "her literary contemporaries found her intensity disturbing.") Her books often featured spectacularly victimized but ultimately triumphant women; this general ethos (not to mention their melodramatic nature) lent itself very well to the Macaulay house style of lurid jacket art and provocative blurbing -- not surprising that they were her exclusive U.S. publishers, beginning with "The Butcher Shop" in 1926. She was expelled from the Communist Party in 1941, ostensibly for "moral degeneracy," and later lamented that her involvement with the Party and its causes had prevented her from realizing her full potential as a writer. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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My Neighbors: Stories of the Welsh People, Evans, Caradoc
13 Evans, Caradoc My Neighbors: Stories of the Welsh People
New York Harcourt, Brace and Howe 1920 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [a good sound copy with perhaps a touch of weakness to the front hinge, light wear to corners, very slight fraying to cloth at top front joint]. The Welsh author's third book, somewhat in the vein of his first, "My People" (1915), which is now regarded by some critics as "perhaps the first genuinely modern work of Anglo-Welsh literature" (Wikipedia), and has been cited as a direct influence on the early work of Dylan Thomas. Evans was a controversial figure, widely reviled in Wales for his brutally satiric portrayals of his countrymen and of the Welsh establishment. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Inshallah, Fallaci, Oriana
14 Fallaci, Oriana Inshallah
New York Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 1992 0-385-41987-2 / 9780385419871 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Whitney Cookman 
[beautiful copy, the slightest trace of dust-soiling to top edge, otherwise appears unread; jacket bright and attractive, with only very slight wrinkling at spine ends]. "Oriana Fallaci's great achievement, a twentieth-century epic about the catastrophic civil war in Lebanon." Jacket blurb quotes critical comparisons with Hemingway and Malraux. (Originally published in Italy in 1990; the translation is by Fallaci herself, "from a translation by James Marcus.") 
Price: 135.00 USD
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15 Ginsburg, Mirra, ed. and trans. The Ultimate Threshold: A Collection of the Finest in Soviet Science Fiction
New York Penguin Books 1978 (c.1970) 0-14-004873-1 / 9780140048735 1st ed. thus Softcover Very Good+ 
[moderate exterior wear]. Mass Market PB Thirteen stories from the 1960's, by Henrik Altov, Gleb Anfilov, Anatoly Dneprov, Vladimir Grigoriev, Olga Larionova, Herman Maximov, Roman Podolny,Igor Rosokhovatsky, Vladimir Shcherbakov, Ilya Varshavsky, Mikhail Yemtsev and Yeremey Parnov. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Maud's House, Gough, William
16 Gough, William Maud's House
[n.p.] Breakwater [1984] 0-919519-87-3 / 9780919519879 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[a bit of wear at spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows minimal handling wear]. "This novel is set in Newfoundland and it features one of the strongest characters in Newfoundland fiction. The strength of the tangy Newfoundland male as a character in fiction is legendary, but [the author] now presents the overwhelming image of the real power in the Newfoundland outport -- the woman. An unforgettable portrait of a character with the strength of steel, but the soul and innocence of a child." [NOTE that the ISBN on the dust jacket (and entered with this description) is different from the two ISBNs (for "bound" and "pbk") given on the book's copyright page.] 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Beau Clown, Grimault, Berthe (translated by Diana Athill)
17 Grimault, Berthe (translated by Diana Athill) Beau Clown
New York Rinehart & Company, Inc. (c.1957) NO 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder, Inc. 
[very nice copy, minimal shelfwear, slight age-toning to pages but much less than usually seen in Rinehart books from this period; jacket shows a bit of wear at edges and corners]. Blurbed as "perhaps the most remarkable novel ever written by a child," this "astounding revelation of one child's nightmare world" was the creation of one of those youthful-literary-prodigy-sensations of the time, a barely-literate 14-year-old French farm girl who was able to get it down on paper with the help of a neighbor, Eliézer Fournier, who explains his contributions in an explanatory note at the beginning of the book. Based on her own experiences and on stories told to her by her father (who had spent some time in a mental institution), the book is an episodic account backgrounded against "the daily spectacle of poverty and promiscuity -- the extraordinarily primitive existence of the peasants," and involving prostitutes, American Negro G.I.'s, three escaped lunatics (including the title character), and her own "large (and unrestrained) family." (The New York Times reviewer called it "clearly the work of a highly unbalanced personality.") Mlle. Grimault was already at work, per the explantory note, on a second book, published the following year as "Tuer son Enfant" ("Blood on the Straw" in the U.K. and the U.S.), and was also offered a scholarship to a rather high-toned English finishing school, whose headmistress was supposedly shocked to discover that the young lady was "half-illiterate" (although it seems to me that that fact is made pretty clear in the introductory matter of this book). She was briefly a media sensation in the U.K. -- the "pig girl amongst the debs" -- and upon her return to France wrote (perhaps again in collaboration with Fournier) what would be her final book, "Berthe in Paradise," published in 1960 and described as a "surrealist fantasy" based on her experiences in England. And whatever finally happened to Mlle. Grimault, I wonder, who would be about 70 years old today? 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Handke, Peter (trans. by Michael Roloff)
18 Handke, Peter (trans. by Michael Roloff) The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1972 0-374-16376-6 / 9780374163761 First American Edition Hardcover Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Halverson 
[ex-library book, with tape marks on both covers, scarring to ffep from removal of label and pocket (of which a few small remnants remain), library stamp and "withdrawn" stamp on title page; author's name very faded on jacket spine, tiny nick at bottom edge of front panel]. The noted German author/playwright's third novel, but the first to be published in English. Filmed by Wim Wenders in 1971. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Slow Homecoming [contains: The Long Way Around; The Lesson of Mont-Sainte-Victoire; Child Story], Handke, Peter (translated by Ralph Manheim)
19 Handke, Peter (translated by Ralph Manheim) Slow Homecoming [contains: The Long Way Around; The Lesson of Mont-Sainte-Victoire; Child Story]
New York Farrar Straus Giroux 1985 0-374-26635-2 / 9780374266356 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj art) Cezanne 
[solid clean copy, light shelfwear; jacket spine a bit faded, tiny tear and a bit of laminate peeling at top right-hand corner of front panel (right at foldover and barely noticeable)]. "A trilogy of thematically connected novels that build into a kind of unfinished autobiography, in which Peter Handke confronts his alienation, seeks re-integration and ends by celebrating a new-found inner harmony." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Eros Invincible (translated from the German with an Introduction by William A. Drake), Huch, Ricarda
20 Huch, Ricarda Eros Invincible (translated from the German with an Introduction by William A. Drake)
New York The Macaulay Company 1931 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Gorska 
(price-clipped) [solid book with very slight fraying to cloth along bottom edge of rear cover, minor fading to cloth at spine ends; jacket edgeworn and moderately faded, with a small chip at upper right-hand corner of front panel, another skinny chip at bottom of front panel (about 1/4" wide and 3/4" tall), slight paper loss at spine ends, various other tiny nicks and creases]. Although the last (of just four) of this major German writer's books to appear in English translation, it was actually her first novel, originally published in 1893 as "Erinnerungen von Ludolf Ursleu dem Jüngeren" ("Memories of the Younger Ludolf Ursleu"). Per the blurb, it's "the story of a love that grew to overwhelming intensity and gained strength from being forbidden." (Short version: Cousins in Love.) It was reportedly somewhat shocking in its day, possibly due not only to the boldness of its theme but also because she adopted a male narrative voice. The translator, in his introduction, justifies the "Eros Invincible" title by evoking Helen of Troy and Eurpides, and claiming that the author's "spirit is so utterly Greek" -- but personally I think it was probably the work of some Macaulay editor, in search of a sexy title. Huch, whose best-known book was probably "Der Fall Deruga," published in 1917 (and in the U.S. in 1929 as "The Deruga Trial"), had been one of the first women to earn an advanced degree (in 1890) from the University of Zurich, which she attended because women were not eligible for such degrees in Germany. She went on to a distinguished career as a historian, novelist, poet and playwright, and was dubbed "the First Lady of Germany" by no less than Thomas Mann. Already in her late sixties when Hitler came to power, she remained in Germany despite her distaste for the Third Reich, and managed to survive throughout the entire period, essentially by retiring to private life and (mostly) keeping quiet. She lived long enough to serve as honorary president of the First German Writers Congress in Berlin in 1947, the year she died at the age of 83. Additional fun fact (in the life-imitating-art subcategory): one of her marriages was to her cousin and one-time brother-in-law, the writer Richard Huch. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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