Boston, Little Brown, (1961). His influential first novel, made into a well-received film almost fifty years after the book's publication. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, to Paul Cubeta, assistant director of Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, (which Yates attended in 1960 and again in 1962, where he had a legendary mental breakdown): "For Paul Cubeta - who makes everything go and keeps everything quiet. With more gratitude than he can possibly use and more respect than he will ever believe./ Dick Yates/ 8/30/61." A heartfelt association copy of one of the most acclaimed first novels of its era. Yates went on to teach at the Iowa Writers Workshop; later, in New Hampshire, he was effectively the "dean" of New England writers -- a model and mentor to John Irving, Andre Dubus, and others. Foxing and staining to page edges, otherwise a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with one edge chip and some blended staining to the spine. [#032923] $4,500
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