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[Boston], [Houghton Mifflin], [1980]. An advance issue consisting of unbound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of this collection edited by Stanley Elkin and with stories by John Updike, John Sayles, Donald Barthelme, Frederick Busch, William Gass, Larry Heinemann, I.B. Singer, Grace Paley, Peter Taylor, Mavis Gallant, Elizabeth Hardwick and others. Elkin's introduction bears copyeditor's marks throughout. Minor edge wear to a few pages; else fine. [#000786] $200
1990. October 24, 1990. Elkin effusively thanks the recipient for comments on his recent article and apparently for having sent him soap, a subject that had come up in the article: ". . . thank you most of all for those wonderful wrapped emulsifiers and alkali-reamed fats, those delicious sodium and potassium salts and acids. Man, if I had your job I'd have been World Soap Czar by now!" Signed by the author. Folded for mailing; else fine, with hand-addressed mailing envelope. [#015553] $125
1990. July 14, 1990. In full: "Dear Mr. or Ms. Hill, I have no plans to retire and I'll promise not to die if you will too. For Gass I can make no such undertakings." Signed by Elkin. A short note, revealing his characteristic sense of humor. Folded for mailing; else fine. With hand-addressed envelope. [#022692] $100
NY, Random House, (1967). Elkin's third book, second novel. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a hint of edge wear. [#018064] $25
NY, Scribner, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy. Two pages are bound in upside down and out of order. Reviewer's notes, mostly on the rear blank. Near fine in wrappers. [#013589] $25
NY, E.P. Dutton, (1982). Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. [#702092] $20
London, Jonathan Cape, (1980). First U.K. Edition. Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#702096] $20
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