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FLANNERY O'CONNOR. 1952. Harcourt Brace, New York
First Edition. O'Connor's first book, a sardonic Southern Gothic tale about freedom and free will. Included in The Guardian's list of the 100 greatest novels of all time. Filmed in 1979 by John Huston. Very good plus to near fine, with an inconspicuous sliver of paper stuck to front endpaper, minor shelf wear and light aging, in very near fine dustjacket. A really sharp copy of this literary highspot, with red lettering and designs bright and unfaded.
IAN FLEMING. 1955. Macmillan, New York
First American Edition. Third in Fleming's James Bond series. The American edition is notoriously scarce. A very good or better copy, with faint tape shadows on rear board, some light wear and fraying to cloth and with endpapers possibly replaced (difficult to tell), in dustjacket with small remnants of cello tape stains on rear flap and just a trace of wear at some edges, but complete and remarkably bright.
E. L. DOCTOROW. 1966. Simon and Schuster, New York
First Edition. Doctorow's second book, a speculative novel about what happens when two immense naked human figures suddenly appear in New York harbor. Fine in near fine dustjacket with tiny tear at upped edge of rear panel, a couple of surface scratches to rear panel and only trace wear and rubbing. A lovely copy of this elusive Doctorow title.
JACK KEROUAC. 1957. Viking Press, New York
First Edition. Ruth Witt-Diamant's copy, with her name written at top of front endpaper. She appeared as a character in Kerouac's novel Desolation Angels, under the name Rose Wise Lazuli. Witt-Diamant was a professor at San Francisco State University and founded, and was the first director of, the SFSU Poetry Center in 1954. The Ruth Witt-Diamant Poetry Prize is awarded in her name by the Poetry Center. She hosted many famous poets in her home. Among the writers who slept there were Anais Nin, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, James Broughton, Robert Lowell, Stephen Spender and Theodore Roethke. Dylan Thomas also was a frequent guest, and even wrote a poem about the seemingly magical and endless supply of beer from her refrigerator. Very near fine, with one corner lightly pushed, in very good plus to near fine dustjacket with only minor edge wear and rubbing and with colors bright, including red color in spine design.
JIM THOMPSON. 1949. Harper and Brothers, New York
First Edition. Thompson's third novel and first suspense thriller. Small town movie theatre owner has troubles, both business and domestic. This was the last of Thompson's hardcovers; he went on to write many classics of hardboiled crime fiction, all published as paperback originals, including The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, A Hell of a Woman, The Getaway, Pop. 1280 and A Swell-Looking Babe. Fine in near fine dustjacket with only trace wear at some corners and edges.