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(n.p.), (n.p.), 1961/1962. Mimeographed typescripts of two one-act plays, which were collected in his 1962 volume entitled Children is All. Inscribed by Purdy on the title page of Cracks to the poet Quentin Stevenson "with the sincere admiration of James" and additionally signed, James Purdy. Children is All (1961) runs 41 pages; Cracks (1962) runs 16 pages. Each is near fine; stapled in the upper left corner. Purdy was a controversial author whose works explored, among other things, gay themes at a time when this was taboo; his popularity and critical reception suffered as a result, but many of his more celebrated contemporaries considered him a genius and a great writer, among them being Tennessee Williams (who wrote a blurb for the book publication of Children is All); Edward Albee (who produced Purdy's play Malcolm); and Gore Vidal, who called him "an authentic American genius" and wrote in the New York Times article entitled "James Purdy: The Novelist as Outlaw" that "Some writers do not gain wide acceptance because their work is genuinely disturbing. Purdy is one of them." As best we can determine, OCLC lists only two copies of the former typescript and one of the latter in institutional collections. Another collection lists "photocopies" of these two plays, but these productions predate plain paper photocopying. Scarce works by a writer whom Jonathan Franzen called "one of the most undervalued and underread writers in America." [#031486] $1,500
(New York), New Directions, (1957). The author's first regularly published book, after two collections that were privately printed. Collects the stories of 63: Dream Palace and Don't Call Me By My Right Name, plus two previously unpublished stories. One of the dedicatees of this book is Dame Edith Sitwell, an early admirer and supporter of Purdy who helped arrange for the publication of 63: Dream Palace. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light edge wear. [#030023] $125
NY, Farrar Straus Cudahy, (1959). His first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Edward Albee later adapted it as a play. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#030024] $125
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1967). Review copy. Signed by the author. Slight edge sunning; near fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip affixed to the flyleaf with a single piece of tape. [#030027] $100
London, Peter Owen, (1989). The British, and true first, edition. A novel of New York in the 1980s, touching on the AIDS epidemic, the super-rich, conspiracy theories, and as always, the quest for love and compassion. Signed by the author. Offsetting of author name onto front cloth; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a nick to the spine. [#030033] $100
NY, Arbor House, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in tall padbound wrappers, wrapped in a proof dust jacket. A fragile format; uncommon. [#027260] $100
NY, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy. A novel set in the 1920s in which a veteran of World War I -- an Ojibwa Indian -- returns to his Midwestern town and claims parentage of a white couple's son. Signed by the author. Mild spine sunning; else fine in wrappers. [#030032] $100
NY, Viking Press, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Spine and edge sunned, with a corner crease to the rear cover; near fine in wrappers. [#030030] $100
Garden City, Doubleday, 1970. The first novel in his "Sleepers in Moon-Crowned Valleys" sequence. Signed by the author. Remainder speckling to bottom edge of text block; near fine in a very good, dusty dust jacket with minor edge wear. [#030028] $70
NY, Farrar Straus Cudahy, (1960). A novel of small-town midwest America in the 1950s, reminiscent of Purdy's Ohio hometown, which he left for Chicago at the height of the jazz era and the "New Negro Renaissance." Signed by the author. Very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#030025] $70
Phil, Lippincott, (1961). Paperback edition of Purdy's first trade publication, originally published in 1957. Very good in wrappers and signed by the author. An interesting publication, in Lippincott's short-lived "Keystone" line of literary paperbacks. [#011235] $20
NY, Viking Press, (1980). Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#707897] $20
NY, William Morrow & Co., (1997). Advance Reading Copy. Very Good in wrappers. [#707899] $20
Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1970. Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#707902] $20
NY, Viking Press, (1981). Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#707903] $20
NY, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1987). Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. Slight crease to cover. [#707905] $20
Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1974. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Remainder spray on bottom edge. [#707906] $20
NY, Farrar Straus and Cudahy, (1960). Very Good in Very Good (edge-worn, sunned) DJ. [#707907] $20
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