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1982. A typed letter signed by Butler to poet Tom Clark, regarding Clark's review. In 1981, Butler, who would later win the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, published his first book, The Alleys of Eden. It was reviewed by Clark in the February 11, 1982 Los Angeles Times, with the headline "Vietnamization of a Deserter's Mind." On May 12, Butler wrote to Clark, saying, in part: "I have received twenty major reviews of the book but none of them was more sensitive or insightful than yours. The best literary criticism actually explains an author to himself. That's what your review did. I understand my own book better after reading your review and I want to thank you for that." The letter is signed "Bob Butler." Also included here is Clark's original, 3-page manuscript review, signed by Clark: "...Desertion, Butler seems to say, is an inevitable act, made necessary by the human state. Every small movement is an abandonment of the past, with death looming over everything as the greatest desertion of all..." Clark's review makes it clear that Butler's protagonist -- an Army intelligence officer who ends up deserting out of self-disgust over his involvement in the torture and death of a Viet Cong prisoner -- is an analogue for the larger society, which deserted both Vietnam and those who fought there, leaving both the Vietnamese and the veterans as "displaced persons," in both countries. Clark's review is penned on the back of copies from a book about Celine and folded in half; near fine. A photocopy of the published review is included. Butler's letter is folded for mailing; else fine in a near fine envelope. With a copy of Alleys of Eden [NY: Horizon (1981)], which is fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a short edge tear. An insightful review of one of the best novels to come out of the Vietnam war, and the author's appreciative response. [#024022] $1,500
Decatur, Wisteria Press, 1996. Of a total of 297 copies, this is copy "B" of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Also signed by Barry Moser, the artist on three engravings, laid in. Three stories, "Moving Day," "Salem" and "Missing" by Butler, with an introduction by him. Quarterbound in leather; fine, in a matchstick style box. [#913000] $500
NY, Henry Holt, (1992). A review copy of his first collection of stories, after six highly-praised novels. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award. Published originally in small numbers (reportedly 6000 copies) and reprinted many times after the announcement of the prize. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip laid in. [#912994] $175
Huntington, Cahill, (1994). A limited edition and the true first edition, preceding publication of the trade edition by one day. Of a total edition of 150 copies, this is one of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Butler's first signed limited edition. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#912995] $150
1992. August 4, 1992. Butler writes to a young writer/poet, thanking him for his note and confiding "As you are no doubt learning, it gets a little spooky doing what we do and so rarely knowing that connections are being made." Butler also informs the recipient that his book [A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain] has won the Southern Review/LSU Prize for short fiction and that he will be giving a reading at LSU; the title went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Signed by Butler. Written on McNeese State University stationery. Folded in thirds for mailing, fine. With hand-addressed mailing envelope. [#022674] $125
NY, Horizon, (1983). His third novel, set in New Mexico during the development of the atomic bomb. A literary novel, with the pace and some of the plot elements of a thriller. Anatole Broyard, reviewing it in The New York Times, called it a "brilliant novel of ideas...[that is] never pretentious or didactic... The characters embody and enact -- even dance -- the author's ideas." Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a hint of rubbing near the crown. [#912990] $100
NY, Horizon, (1981). The first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. Signed by Butler. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912986] $100
Huntington, Cahill, (1994). A limited edition and the true first edition, preceding publication of the trade edition by one day. Of a total edition of 150 copies, this is one of 124 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#912996] $100
NY, Horizon, (1983). His third novel, set in New Mexico during the development of the atomic bomb. A literary novel, with the pace and some of the plot elements of a thriller. Anatole Broyard, reviewing it in The New York Times, called it a "brilliant novel of ideas...[that is] never pretentious or didactic... The characters embody and enact -- even dance -- the author's ideas." Signed by the author. Faint foxing to top edge; still fine in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing on the spine. [#025949] $80
NY, Horizon, (1983). His third novel, set in New Mexico during the development of the atomic bomb. A fast-paced story and an intellectual adventure of high order. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a touch of rubbing at the crown. [#014398] $70
NY, Knopf, 1985. His fourth book, a moving novel of the Vietnam war that bears the characteristics of a Grail quest, and was one of our choices as among the ten best literary works on the Vietnam war. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912991] $60
NY, Horizon, (1983). His third novel, set in New Mexico during the development of the atomic bomb. A fast-paced story and an intellectual adventure of high order. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine, mildly rubbed dust jacket. [#014399] $45
NY, Horizon, (1982). His second novel, a thriller set in the northern Alaskan wilderness that is both a highly readable page-turner and a powerful novel of ideas. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the typical spine rubbing. [#912989] $45
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1989). His sixth novel, about a half-Vietnamese boy growing up in the streets of New York in the '80s. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912993] $40
NY, Horizon, (1983). His third novel, set in New Mexico during the development of the atomic bomb. A fast-paced story and an intellectual adventure of high order. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#000849] $35
NY, Ballantine, (1983). The first Ballantine Books edition of the first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. Signed by the author. Paperback: very near fine. [#912988] $30
NY, Knopf, 1987. His fifth novel, set in a midwestern steel mill town during the Depression. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912992] $30
NY, Grove Press, (2000). Signed by the author in the month after publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913002] $20
NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. His fourth book, a moving novel of the Vietnam war that bears the characteristics of a Grail quest, and was one of our choices as among the ten best literary works on the Vietnam war. Remainder mark; very good in a very good dust jacket. [#701404] $20
NY, Knopf, 1985. A review copy of his fourth book, a moving novel of the Vietnam war that bears the characteristics of a Grail quest, this title was one of our choices as among the ten best literary works on the Vietnam war. Fine in a very near fine, mildly edge-sunned dust jacket with a review slip and a "Compliments of the author" card laid in. [#028603] $20
NY, Knopf, 1985. A review copy of his fourth book, a moving novel of the Vietnam war that bears the characteristics of a Grail quest, this title was one of our choices as among the ten best literary works on the Vietnam war. Review slip and "Compliments of the author" card laid in. Foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a very near fine dust, mild edge-sunned dust jacket with small corner creases to the flaps. [#028604] $20
NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. Review copy w/ publisher's slip laid in. Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#704881] $20
NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#701403] $20
NY, Henry Holt, (1996). Butler's second collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912999] $20
NY, Henry Holt, (1994). The trade edition, which followed the limited edition by one day. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912997] $20
NY, Henry Holt, 1994. Advance Reading Copy. Very Good in wrappers. [#700850] $20
NY, Henry Holt, (1994). The trade edition, which followed the limited edition by one day. Inscribed by the author in the month after publication. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the foil disappearing from the spine. [#912998] $20
NY, Knopf, 1987. A review copy of his fifth novel, set in a midwestern steel mill town during the Depression. Faint foxing to the top edge; still fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip laid in. [#025952] $20
NY, Knopf, 1987. A review copy of his fifth novel, set in a midwestern steel mill town during the Depression. The cloth has bled onto the verso of the jacket at the spine crown, not externally visible. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#010770] $20
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