Best American Short Stories 1955, 1956, 1957
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1955, 1956, 1957. Three volumes of Best American Short Stories, each including a story by Eastlake and each inscribed by Eastlake to his father. The first volume, which contains "Little Joe," is inscribed simply, "With love/Bill," and is tight, but the covers are stained from use: a good copy in a very good dust jacket with one foredge stain, some edge creasing, and a chip to the crown. The second volume contains "The Quiet Chimneys" and is inscribed "For Pap/ with love/ Bill." Some offsetting to spine; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket chipped at the corners and spine ends. The third volume contains "The Unhappy Hunting Grounds" and is inscribed "Love for Pap/ Bill." Near fine in a very good dust jacket with chipping to the spine extremities. Eastlake's early fiction, including his first three novels and these early stories, were set in the American southwest; he helped put that region on the literary map, to be followed by such writers as John Nichols, Tony Hillerman, Leslie Marmon Silko, and later Cormac McCarthy. Provenance: Eastlake's estate (Marilyn Hill). These were the first three appearances of six total for Eastlake in Best American Short Stories; Eastlake's first published novel, Go in Beauty, came out during this run, in 1956. [#029080] $750
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