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    The Opposite of Fate A Book of Musings by Tan, Amy

    Brilliance Audio, 2003. Abridged ed. Cassette. New. Read by the Author. Abridged. 6 cassettes. Running Time: 9 hours. This is a new audiobook in manufacturer's shrink wrap, from a smoke-free home.



    Autograph Letter Signed by HODGSON, Shadworth H. (1832-1912)

    This nonacademic English philosopher was a companion of William James, with whom he belonged to the London group "Scratch Eight"; he was the first president (1880-94) of the Aristotelian Society; among his books are "The Metaphysic of Experience," "The Philosophy of Reflection" and "Time and Space." ALS, 3pp, 4½" X 7", Lincolnshire, England, 1870 July 18. Addressed to "My dear Harris." Very good. Good content referring to the political situation in France. In part: "If you go to Paris now you will find it at a most interesting time, in all the fever of the beginning of the war. I think their going to war on the part of France, out of pure jealousy of Prussia, utilised by Napoleon for the supposed interest of his own dynasty, is treason to the cause of civilisation and the union of Western Europe...." Sure enough, France declared war on Prussia the very day after Hodgson penned this letter. Mentions his summer plans ("quietly and steadily reading in London in August, when London is empty, and though hot not feverish"). A handsome and interesting example. From the collection of University of Chicago geology professor Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), author of "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work and bibliography on the subject. Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing his printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen), accompanies this item.




    Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Near Fine. 2004. Softcover. 1550417673 . Excellent condition, slight creasing on upper corner front cover and corner of first few pages, one earmark seen. Book is otherwise clean and unmarked. B/w illustrations. "Stephen Leacock shares the stage with Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as one of the best-loved humorists in the English-speaking world, and at the time of its original publication Leacock’s biography of Dickens was widely and enthusiastically hailed as a vital, grand, and masterful examination of the man and his writing. That Leacock’s biography of the great novelist was the first to explore the humour as well as the morality of Dickens’ novels is only natural. Originally published in 1933, it is filled with sharp commentary and was a book that Leacock was enormously and justifiably proud. " (327-noto) ; 8vo .



    Pictures and Conversations by Bowen, Elizabeth

    Alfred A Knopf, 1975. Second printing. Red cloth boards, brown cloth spine, gilt titles, green topstain. With a Foreword by Spencer Curtis Brown. Contains autobiographical writing as well as fiction, drama and other miscellaneous writings. Book unread, near fine. DJ dated 01/75 also near fine. 193 pp.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Book.



    John Donne: A Literary Life by Parfitt, George

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. First American Edition . Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very good black cloth. Slight wear, usual ex-library markings. (1989), 8vo, viii, 140pp.



    JOHN BARTH by Heide Ziegler

    Methuen & Co. Ltd.. Fine with no dust jacket. 1987. Other. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall .



    L'Aventure ambigue by Kane, Cheikh Hamidou

    Paris, France: 10 18/U.G.E. (#221/222), 1961. (1979 printing). Paperback. FINE. As new except for occasional underlining. Text in French. ISBN: 2264008342.



    A BOY NAMED SHEL: The Life & Times of Shel Silverstein. by [Silverstein, Shel, 1930-1999] Rogak, Lisa

    New York:: St Martin's,, (2007.). Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). First printing. An "unauthorized" biography of this beloved children's author - a very private person with a complicated, always extraordinary life -from his early days as a cartoonist, musician (he wrote the song "A Boy Named Sue"), actor and innovative writer. Illustrated with photographs. Includes notes, a list of his works, index. 239 p



    Remembering Mr. Maugham by Kanin, Garson

    New York: Atheneum, 1966. Second Printing . Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Foreword by Noel Coward. Fine gray cloth. Red endpapers. Very good blue pictorial price-clipped DJ. Some wear and tear to DJ. October 1966, September 1966, 8vo, vi, 313pp. [1], "As a treasury of Somerset Maugham's candid opinions, attitudes and tastes, this book abounds in off-the-cuff recollections of the past and the circumstances under which he wrote his best-known stories and novels."



    Life by Keith Richards; James Fox

    Back Bay Books, 2011. Book. Near Fine. Soft cover. Trade paperback. Small amount of toning on outside page edges by binding. Interior is clean and bright. Contains many photos. I love his library..



    Nancy Cunard by Ann Chisholm

    S & J (1st), 1979. F in VG DW. 24x16cm.,. Leader of the literary circle in Paris in the '20s illus.,



    Trelawny: A Man's Life by Armstrong, Margaret

    New York: Macmillan & Co., 1940. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good/Very Good condition. First edition, first printing.



    A Portrait of Jane Austen : by Lord David Cecil

    Constable (1st), 1978. F in VG DW. 24x17cm. an attempt to explore her personality from her novels,diaries and those of her friends and contemporaries,well illus. in col. & b & w from contemporary sources,



    Autograph Letter Signed by GARLAND, Hamlin (1860-1940)

    American novelist whose realism paved the way for 20th century fiction; remembered for "Main-Travelled Roads" (1891), a short story collection, he was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his 1921 novel "A Daughter of the Middle Border." Excellent content ALS, 7¼" X 10¼", Hollywood, CA, 25 September n.y. [1939]. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Near fine. Faint original folds. On his imprinted "2045 DeMille Drive" letterhead, Garland tells this admirer "I am gratified by your expressed liking for my mystery book. Putting it together was an absorbing task. At 79, one naturally asks "where do we go from here?" Boldly penned in black ink in Garland's dashing script, with a holograph postscript: "The University Libraries are exhibiting the artifacts as a library -- archeological display." The "mystery book" in question is certainly Garland's very last book, "The Mystery of the Buried Crosses," his exploration of psychic phenomenon, an interest that consumed him during his final ten years in Hollywood. Accompanied by a superb heavy stock 8" X 11" sepia-tone profile portrait of Garland as a young man (image size 4" X 6") within a decorative border. Near fine.



    The Works of Francis Bacon (philosophical & literary works), including The Letters and Life of Francis Bacon (vols. 8-14), 14 volumes by Bacon, Francis, Sir Spedding, James; Ellis, Robert Leslie and Heath, Douglas Denon (collected & edited by)

    London: Longmans & Co., et al., 1861, 1862, 1868, 1869, 1870, 1872, 1874, 1875 & 1876. new edition. Hardcover. Octavo; G/no-DJ; Off-white spines with gilt text on burgundy panels; 14 volumes; Panels have half-bound vellum leather spine and fore corners with marbled boards which have moderate scratches and some rubbing on the exteriors, and rubbing wear along edges, mostly tail edges, spines and fore corners have lightly soiled & stained appearance, probably due to age and handling, taping along joints and spine of vols. 2, 7, and 8, vol. 2 also has small cracking closed tear at front head fore edge, vol. 11 has cracking at front joint toward head head and tail edges with small circular open tear toward tail edge at front joint, but still attached, vol. 12 has 2 inch slight crack on front panel toward head edge, however all panels are strong and sturdy; Text blocks show some wear with moderate foxing on first and last few pages, vol. 3 has ink writings on ffep and verso of ffep, vol. 6 has cracking along binding between pp 18-19, vol.8 has taping along binding between rear end paper and pastedown, as well as cracking between pp 390-391 at binding exposing spine and moisture staining at tail edge toward fore edge, and vol. 14 has small tear at fore edge of ffep as well as cracking along binding at pp 146-147 and 592-593 exposing spine, but all pages are still bound, all volumes have previous owner's book plate on front pastedowns, and they have very light foxing on few text pages; as is. pp 8309. English & Latin text. Additional shipping may be necessary due to size/weight restrictions for international/expedited orders. [Shelved in Aisle 9]. Rockville Non-Retail Listings.



    Master of Dreams: A Memoir of Isaac Bashevis Singer by Telushkin, Dvorah

    U.S.A.: William Morrow & Co, 1997. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Soft cover. New. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. THESE ARE UNCORRECTED BOUND GALLEYS"-PRINTED ON FRONT AND REAR COVERS-Synopsis: A poignant and affectionate view of the life and work of the brilliant but troubled Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, written by his longtime assistant. Throughout Telushkin's tenure with Singer, she kept detailed diaries chronicling both their literary efforts and the evolution of their personal relationship. Master of Dreams explores the later years of Singer's life through Telushkin's close relationship with him. B&W photos throughout. About the Author: Dvorah Menashe Telushkin is a renowned storyteller who worked for twelve years as all-around assistant to Isaac Bashevis Singer. She first studied storytelling at Bard College and then Yiddish at Columbia University. She has performed all over the country and abroad. She lives in New York and is well known at storytelling festivals nationwide.



    The Devil Inside by Coulter, Stephen

    Garden City New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1960. First American Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ...The son of a thriving but thrifty doctor who was eventurally slain by his own serfs, Dostoevsky spent a miserable time as an army cadet, eventually leaving the service to write..." Very good green cloth. Very good white pictorial price-clipped DJ. Slight wear, soiling, sticker mark on DJ. 1960, 8vo, [11], 10-472pp.


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    Best Seat in the House by Fulford, Robert

    Don Mills: Collins Publishers, 1988. BOOK: Corners, Spine, Boards Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Spine Slightly Cocked; Edges Lightly Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. DUST JACKET: Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; Moderate Yellowing Due to Age; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. SUB-TITLE: Memoirs of a Lucky Man. JACKET DESIGN: Scott Richardson. CONTENTS: 1 Teentime 2 The Genius Who Lived Next Door 3 Newspaper days 4 My Life as a Hack 5 Nights at the Colonial 6 Snow and Town, Art and Eros 7 Beland and Nathan and Me 8 The Boys at Maclean's 9 The Age of McLuhan 10 Mythology, Politics and Atwood 11 Turning the Corner 12 Meeting Citizen Black; Acknowledgements; Index. SYNOPSIS: For three decades, Robert Fulford has watched the flowering of the arts in Canada from an ideal vantage point, the best seat in the house. He grew up next door to Glenn Gould, befriended Michael Snow when Fulford and Snow were both teenagers, and eventually worked alongside Pierre Berton, Peter Gzowski, Christina McCall, Nathan Cohen and Peter C. Newman. Written in the style that won nine National Magazine Awards, Fulford's frank and absorbing memoirs cover a period of startling change in Canadian life and chart a unique adventure in self-transformation: from sports writer to literary critic, from high-school dropout to Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto, from all-purpose hack to editor (for nineteen years) of the most admired magazine in Canada, Saturday Night. Along the way Fulford managed a jazz band, argued in public and private with Marshall McLuhan, hosted both a radio and TV show, organized a concert that featured Maureen Forrester, and published the work of Margaret Atwood (who directed him in his first--and last--stage performance, playing himself as rewritten by Atwood). When he resigned from Saturday Night in 1987 because he declined to work for the new owner, Conrad Black, the news made headlines across Canada and drew hundreds of tributes. "I was able," Fulford writes, "to read my obituaries without the inconvenience of dying, a pleasure denied those whose careers are uniformly successful." That resignation, and the sometimes farcical events surrounding it, form the conclusion to this perceptive account of a life lived at the centre of Canadian culture. Robert Fulford is now a weekly columnist for The Financial Times of Canada and co-host of Realities on TVOntario. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from McMaster and York Universities and the University of Western Ontario.. First Edition 1st Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Nigel Dickson (In background: "Switch" by Michael Snow). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Bondage of Opium by Lefebure, Molly

    Quartet Books, 1977. First edition thus. Softcover Paperback. Near Fine. Signed by Author. SIGNED and dated by the author. Some sunning to cover and browning to pages, but the binding is tight and crisp, pages clean. Ships same day bubble-wrapped AND BOXED w/ standard shipping. Free tracking. 100% Guaranteed. Book is currently being protected in (and ships in) a clear archival sleeve. Signed by Author. ISBN: 0704331071. ISBN/EAN: 9780704331075.




    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1911. Flexible cloth. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; a brief holographic commentary byt T S Crawford (another author) about Beerbohm's elecutionary skills. Penned on copyright page. Crawford's signature on end paper. An otherwise unremarkable copy of Zuleika Dobson Beerbohm, Max, Modern Library 1941. Graphic of signature available; Signed by One Author .



    How it Was by Mary Welsh Hemingway

    Weidenfeld (1st), 1976. F in VG DW. 24x16x4cm.,. Ernest Hemingway's last wife. Illus.,



    Gonzo by Hunter S Thompson

    Ammo, 2007. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Oversized hardcover. Very good condition, cover overlay of clear is wrinkled. Interior is near fine. Johnny Depp writes introduction. Many photos and much discussion of Thompson's madcap life..



    A Consideration of Thackery by Saintsbury, George

    NY: Russell & Russell, 1968. Reprint. Near Fine/Very Good. Plain brown dust jacket with black lettering, deep blue boards with gilt spine lettering, reprint of 1931 edition, 273 pages. Scarce in any edition.~ Near Fine Condition (the dust jacket has caused mild discoloration to the inside covers and facing endpapers) / Dust Jacket Very Good (minor edgewear).



    The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard Devoto by Stegner, Wallace Earle, and DeVoto, Bernard Augustine (Introduction by)

    Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.: Bison Books, 2001. FINE copy has small remainder mark bottom edge, UNREAD, Personal Name: Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993. Main Title: The uneasy chair : a biography of Bernard DeVoto / Wallace Stegner. Published/Created: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2001] Description: xi, 464 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. ISBN: 0803292848 (pbk. : alk. paper) Subjects: De Voto, Bernard Augustine, 1897-1955. Authors, American --20th century --Biography. Historians --United States --Biography. may have multiples . Soft Cover. Fine. 8vo.



    Autograph Note Signed by BURROUGHS, Julian (1878-1954)

    The son of famed naturalist John Burroughs was himself a noted writer, landscape painter, photographer and architect. ANS, 1p, buff heavy stock 5½" X 3" penny postcard, West Park, NY, 1 January 1952. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Nice recap of his father's work, reading in part: "There is just published an anthology of father's writings -- 'John Burroughs America' -- Devin-Adair Co -- I could recommend 'Riverby,' 'Far & Near' or 'Camping & Tramping with Roosevelt.' Dr [Clara] Barrus wrote 'Whitman & Burroughs' -- also in her 'Life & Letters of John Burroughs' there is much about their friendship...." Address portion also penned in Burroughs' hand. A handsome example with nice content.

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