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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
London, Jonathan Cape, (1966). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of her first book. Kael revolutionized film criticism with her opinionated, colloquial reviews, her wit, her enjoyment of popular culture, and her impatience with pretentiousness. A generation of admirers and imitators has never quite succeeded in matching the engaging informality and authority of Kael's reviewing voice. A bit of white out inside front cover and penciled name on flyleaf; light foxing; near fine in a very good, proof dust jacket with tape-mended chips at the spine ends. An uncommon book, and an even more uncommon proof. [#024745] $250
(KAEL, Pauline). MARCUS, Alan
(Burlingame), (Chrysalis West), 1965. Contains "Miracles, a Cinematic Romance" by Marcus. Laid in is a typed letter signed by Marcus to Pauline Kael inviting her to Acapulco and soliciting literary favor, by asking her help in getting an excerpt from his work-in-progress published. Marcus' first novel was Straw to Make Brick and his second, Of Streets and Stars, was a Hollywood novel, as was the work excerpted here -- presumably why he was writing Kael and soliciting her help; they had a mutual friend in Ernest Callenbach (author of Ecotopia, among others). The letter is edge-sunned and edge-chipped and folded; very good. The magazine is the second issue, which tips in the final pages, completing Marcus' piece, which he has hand-corrected. Near fine. [#023500] $200
(KAEL, Pauline). KIZER, Carolyn
Port Townsend, Copper Canyon Press, 1984. A collection of "Poems for Woman." Inscribed by Kizer to Pauline Kael in January, 1986: "For Pauline, a thin response to her fine fat new book! Love, Carolyn." Kael's Taking It All In had been published in 1984. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers of Kizer's book; fine. [#022730] $80
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1984). The simultaneous issue in wrappers of this collection of reviews from the early 1980s and including the essay "Why Are Movies So Bad?" Fine. [#024099] $20