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Fiction: Short Stories

Fiction: Short Stories

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Brighter the Light, Deeper the Shadow: Voices from the Writing Workshops of Bruce Gelfand, (Gelfand, Bruce, ed.)
1 (Gelfand, Bruce, ed.) Brighter the Light, Deeper the Shadow: Voices from the Writing Workshops of Bruce Gelfand
Santa Monica CA Gelfand Workshops (c.2002) 0-9724741-0-2 / 9780972474108 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Kathleen Hein 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear, appears unread; jacket shows minor surface wear, mostly to rear panel]. This book "is a group of writers giving themselves permission. To have a voice. To use it. However much the content or craft may vary, however cacophonous the chorus or dissonant the prayer -- make no mistake: this is a book of voices singing their hearts out. If you listen closely you can hear whatever God is seeping through the words." A compilation of stories, poems, and various short pieces from the writing workshops of a guy who uses "cacophonous" and "dissonant" in the same sentence. You may remember him as the writer of the 1987 TV-movie "Dottie." No? 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Stone Arbor and Other Stories, Angell, Roger
2 Angell, Roger The Stone Arbor and Other Stories
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Edward Gorey 
(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear to bottom edge (boards just slightly exposed at bottom corners), otherwise a nice clean solid book; jacket shows almost no wear at all, would grade higher but for the price-clipping]. The veteran New Yorker writer's first book, with a dust jacket design by Edward Gorey. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Dangerous Men, Becker, Geoffrey
3 Becker, Geoffrey Dangerous Men
Pittsburgh/London University of Pittsburgh Press (c.1995) 0-8229-3899-5 / 9780822938996 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very slight wear at base of spine, otherwise a nice clean tight copy; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. The author's first book of stories, "selected by Charles Baxter as the winner of the fifteenth annual Drue Heinz Literature Prize. ... In these tightly drafted stories, Becker creates a wide variety of distinct voices, peculiar characters, and odd settings, with tantalizing emphasis on loneliness, loss, and the ever-present struggle to find one's place in the world." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Come to Me: Stories [*SIGNED*], Bloom, Amy
4 Bloom, Amy Come to Me: Stories [*SIGNED*]
New York Aaron Asher/Harpercollins (c.1993) 0-06-018236-9 / 9780060182366 6th printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd Signed by Author
[jacket mildly scuffed/soiled, "National Book Award Finalist" foil sticker on front panel]. SIGNED by the author (no inscription) on the title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Greasy Lake & Other Stories, Boyle, T. Coraghessan
5 Boyle, T. Coraghessan Greasy Lake & Other Stories
New York Viking 1985 0-670-80542-4 / 9780670805426 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ann Winslow 
[solid copy, just minor shelfwear but with some blue smudging of some sort on the bottom edge, previous owner's signature on ffep, slight fading to boards along top/bottom edges; jacket shows the tiniest bit of edgewear here and there]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Squandering the Blue: Stories [*SIGNED*], Braverman, Kate
6 Braverman, Kate Squandering the Blue: Stories [*SIGNED*]
New York Fawcett Columbine 0-449-90551-9 / 9780449905517 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) James R. Harris Signed by Author
[very nice copy; the book itself is immaculate, the jacket shows only faint handling wear]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Her third book, a "twelve-story cycle [which] chronicles the lives of several Los Angeles women." (xx) Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Boy Like Astrid's Mother [*SIGNED*], Briskin, Mae
7 Briskin, Mae A Boy Like Astrid's Mother [*SIGNED*]
New York W. W. Norton & Company (c.1988) 0-393-02603-5 / 9780393026030 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Jane Meredith Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, bottom front corner slightly bumped; jacket shows a bit of surface wear]. SIGNED by the author at the upper left-hand corner of the title page. The author's first book of collected stories "deals with friends, parents, and children, husbands and wives, victims and rescuers, Christians and Jews. The first section of this collection of stories chronicles American society of the past fifty years, while the second explores a smaller space and briefer time -- northern and central Italy, 1943 to 1945 -- where a tiny part of Europe's population risked their lives to shelter Jews." Signed by Author 
Price: 11.50 USD
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The Complete White Oxen: Collected Short Fiction of Kenneth Burke, Burke, Kenneth
8 Burke, Kenneth The Complete White Oxen: Collected Short Fiction of Kenneth Burke
Berkeley/Los Angeles University of California Press 1968 NO Unstated Softcover Very Good+ 
[light edgewear to covers, minor soiling to bottom edge]. Trade PB Reprints all 15 stories which appeared in the original 1924 publication of "The White Oxen and Other Stories," plus three additional stories and the autobiographical novella "The Anaesthetic Revelation of Herone Liddell." Also includes a new Preface by the author, much admired by the likes of William Carlos Williams and Nathanael West. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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9 Eastlake, William / Haslam, Gerald Prettyfields: A Work in Progress / The Man Who Cultivated Fire (Capra Back-to-Back Series, Volume XI)
Santa Barbara CA Capra Press (c.1987) 0-88496-266-0 / 9780884962663 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[moderate wear at edges and extremities]. Trade PB The Eastlake piece "depicts a gang of irreverent students at a New England academy in the late thirties. They assail the boundaries between literature, reality, and imagination with Rabelesian fervor." The Haslam stories are "The Man Who Cultivated Fire," "The World S*cks," "The Estero,""The Attack of the Great Brandy Bear," "Blackness," "Upstream," and "Death of a Star-Nosed Mole." The two texts are bound together and inverted, in the manner of the old Ace Double paperbacks, with an illustration of one of the authors on each cover. 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Big Frogs and Little Frogs, Ertz, Susan
10 Ertz, Susan Big Frogs and Little Frogs
New York Harper & Brothers 1939 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice solid copy, half-title page corner-clipped; jacket moderately edgeworn, small closed tear at bottom of front panel, chipping at base of spine, a bit of nibbling(?) at top edge of both jacket flaps]. Thirteen short stories. "Strange husbands, managing mothers, lady novelists, liars, neurotics, and precocious children, with other varieties of human life provide full scope for Miss Ertz's calm irony and humor." Not a novel; not non-fiction; some of us actually look at the books when we catalog them. Scarce in dust jacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Happy Endings, Fane, Julian
11 Fane, Julian Happy Endings
London Hamish Hamilton/St. George's 1979 0-241-10086-0 / 9780241100868 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mon Mohan 
[minimal shelfwear, previous owner's name on ffep; jacket lightly surface worn, surface peeling away a little at base of spine, short diagonal crease at bottom of front flap]. Ten stories, ranging in subject from spinsters to good time girls, from dogs to politicians. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Eggs for Young America [*SIGNED*], Hester, Katherine L.
12 Hester, Katherine L. Eggs for Young America [*SIGNED*]
Hanover/London University Press of New England (c.1997) 0-87451-823-7 / 9780874518238 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, light bumping to top edge of rear cover; jacket shows minor surface wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "In this masterful, evocative collection of stories, [the author] gives names and histories to those who often labor unnoticed, cleaning houses, washing dishes in restaurants, and installing security systems." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Salvation of Pisco Gabar, and other stories, Household, Geoffrey
13 Household, Geoffrey The Salvation of Pisco Gabar, and other stories
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1940 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [quite a decent copy, light soiling to covers and bottom edge (probably inevitable given the white buckram binding), slight dust-soiling to top page edges, paper spine label somewhat faded; the binding is strong and square, and the book is internally unblemished apart for a small scar on the rear endpaper]. The first of several story collections by the author of "Rogue Male," containing a dozen short stories, a number of which are set in Spain (where he worked and lived for a few years in the late 1920s) and South America. (The title yarn had been his first published story.) Several of the stories are crime or horror tales, but the most interesting (to me, I mean) is "El Quixote del Cine," about an old man in a small Spanish village whose life and fantasies are invigorated by the B-westerns he sees at the local cinema. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Way Things Are, and Other Stories, Maltz, Albert
14 Maltz, Albert The Way Things Are, and Other Stories
New York International Publishers (c.1938) First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
(no dust jacket) [slight fraying to cloth at top of spine, minor bumping/fraying at several other corners, light dust-soiling to top edge; binding solid, internally clean]. Eight short stories, early proletarian fiction by the writer who went on to a relatively successful career as a novelist and screenwriter until he was blacklisted (he was one of the "Hollywood Ten") during the 1950s. Introduction by Michael Gold. The stories are: "Season of Celebration"; "Good-by"; "Incident on a Street Corner"; "The Game"; "A Letter from the Country"; "The Drop-Forge Man"; "The Way Things Are"; and "Man on a Road." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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15 Manhood, H[arold] A[lfred] Fierce and Gentle: Stories
London Jonathan Cape 1935 NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid but somewhat soiled copy, slight darkening to spine cloth (creeping onto covers near bottom of spine, almost like a dampstain), some foxing to fore-edge and first few pages, spotting on various pages throughout, soiling to top edge]. 25 short stories, plus the author's "Notes" (4 pages) containing jotted-down ideas for stories. The work of Manhood (1904-1991), wrote critic Mark Valentine, "was in the same mould as those [stories] of T.F. Powys and A.E. Coppard, with a strong rural setting and leavening of folk wisdom, and a sense of allegory or fable to them which hovers on the brink of the fantastic without embracing it fully. ... Some of his tales can be brutally macabre." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Corky's Brother, Neugeboren, Jay
16 Neugeboren, Jay Corky's Brother
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1969 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Muriel Nasser 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, light spotting to covers, slight fading to cloth at edges; jacket moderately rubbed/scuffed, tiny puncture tear in front panel, some wrinkling in middle of spine]. Twelve stories and a novella that catch "the wild, grim sub-culture of our urban ghettos." Most of the stories are set in Brooklyn, and the title novella tells of Corky's baseball-player brother, "probably the most famous guy in our neighborhood." "[The author's] skill in using sports as the arena for fiction is brilliantly exploited in these stories." 
Price: 16.50 USD
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The Iron Chain, Newhouse, Edward
17 Newhouse, Edward The Iron Chain
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1946) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Art Brenner 
[moderate shelfwear, some discoloration to endpapers and pastedowns, age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a bit soiled, faded at spine, with a few small nicks and tears]. Twenty-one short stories, most of which had appeared in The New Yorker from 1941 to 1946, dealing primarily with the effects of war, "the catalyst of human emotion, the impersonal force that causes men and women to reveal their essential natures. [The stories] are distinguished by their beautiful simplicity and by the sympathetic detachment with which they deal with people tethered by war's 'iron chain of circumstance.'" This Hungarian-born author had been a member of the Communist Party during the 1930s, and turned out a couple of proletarian novels, the first of which, "You Can't Sleep Here," prompted one critic to dub him him "the proletarian Hemingway." He subsequently took a political turn to the right (perhaps influenced by his service in the Army Air Force during World War II), and by the time of the novel that followed this book ("The Hollow of the Wave," published in 1949), he had broken with the Party. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Attorneys at Law: Forbes, Hathaway, Bryan & Devore, Parker, James Reid
18 Parker, James Reid Attorneys at Law: Forbes, Hathaway, Bryan & Devore
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc. 1941 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, a good sound book slightly blemished by some spotting on the top edge of the text block; jacket shows some wear and very shallow chipping along bottom edge, minor paper loss at a few corners and at spine ends]. Short humorous stories, reprinted from The New Yorker, concerning the denizens of a venerable (and entirely fictional) New York law firm. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Paver, Chaver (Gershon Einbinder) Clinton Street and Other Stories (translated from the Yiddish by Henry Goodman)
New York YKUF Publishers (c.1974) NO Presumed 1st Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, possibly as issued) [good tight clean copy, mild shelfwear, lightly bumped at corners and spine ends]. The author, a native of Bessarabia, emigrated to the U.S. in 1924, as the age of 23. "He lived in New York and later in Los Angeles, where he died in 1964, before his sixty-third birthday. He made his debut in Yiddish literature in the middle twenties as a writer of stories for children. The first two volumes of his children's stories appeared in 1925. Although he continued writing for children (5 volumes of stories and about a score of children's plays, which were never published), the bulk of his literary works, 10 volumes, were stories and novels for adults. The present volume, published on the tenth anniversary of his death, is a representative collection of four decades of his literary work." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Visit from the Footbinder, and Other Stories, Prager, Emily
20 Prager, Emily A Visit from the Footbinder, and Other Stories
New York Simon & Schuster (c.1982) 0-671-61013-9 / 9780671610135 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Frank Morris 
[nice tight copy, minor shelfwear; jacket a little surface-worn, tiny tears at top/bottom front hinges]. The author's first book of stories. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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