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(n.p), (n.p.), [ca. 1983]. In 1983, Robert Stone, National Book Award-winning novelist, was commissioned to write a piece on George Orwell and his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, as that calendar year approached. In the piece, Stone made an effort to reclaim Orwell from the conservative right wing, which had taken his most famous, anti-totalitarian novels -- Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm -- to be explicit condemnations of the Soviet Union and Communism, and by implication all leftist thought itself. Instead, Stone argues that Orwell's writing in Homage to Catalonia -- not to mention his fighting on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War -- identifies Orwell as someone with both a socialist sympathy and "a certain affinity with what I believe is best about the United States," a kind of Puritanism that is characterized by "rectitude...conscience and common sense." He goes on to point out that Orwell "was the sort of radical who makes enemies on both sides of epic struggles," owing to his "originality and intelligence, [and] above all his thoroughgoing honesty, [which] always got him in trouble. A writer and man more predictable and dull, less infernally scrupulous would have had a better time of it." Stone adds that Orwell was idealistic but non-ideological -- as Stone was himself -- and deeply committed to the kind of "pragmatism that has characterized American moral thinkers from Jefferson to James to Neibuhr." He concludes that "We may never produce a greater political novel than Nineteen Eighty-Four" and that "it has done its work for us" in shaping our fears and cautions sufficiently for us to have avoided the totalitarian dystopia that was latent in the post-War years of the Cold War. The confluence of writer and subject here was, in many ways, a near-perfect one but the piece seems never to have been published; we can find no record of it; a cover letter from Stone's wife, Janice, indicates this was done for Thames Television, but whether it was produced or used remains unknown to us. One of Stone's novels includes an allusion to a critical moment in Nineteen Eighty-Four: Stone's character explains that one has "to look the gray rat in the eye" -- an allusion to the torture by rats that Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, is faced with, which causes him to "break" and betray himself and his loved ones. 18 pages, ribbon copy typescript, with Janice Stone's cover letter, laid into an agent's folder. Fine. An unknown Robert Stone piece, on a subject that touches close to many of the central and pervasive themes of his own writings. Unique. [#032829] $8,500
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. A review copy of his first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Signed by the author. Tiny lower corner bump and shelf wear to lower boards; else a fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing on the rear panel. Promotional author photo laid in, with incorrect publication date. Basis for a film, WUSA (the call letters of the right-wing radio station that figures prominently in the book), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. [#914685] $1,000
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. His first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in a very good, lightly foxed dust jacket with a creased tear to the lower rear panel. Basis for the film WUSA (the call letters of the right-wing radio station that figures prominently in the book), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. [#031505] $950
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London, Bodley Head, (1968). The first British edition of his first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Signed by the author. A very uncommon edition, with a single printing estimated to have been 1000 copies. This edition reprints a glowing blurb by Wallace Stegner, Stone's teacher at the Stanford Writing Workshop, with a humorous misprint: instead of printing that "Stone writes like ... someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars," this edition has Stegner saying that Stone was "scraping his shoes on the stairs" -- a very different image, to be sure. Basis for a film, WUSA (the call letters of the right-wing radio station that figures prominently in the book), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. A fine copy in a slightly spine-tanned dust jacket, else fine. A very nice copy, and uncommon signed. [#914686] $750
NY, Knopf, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of his fourth novel, a look at the underside of the Hollywood mystique. Inscribed by Stone to Denis [Johnson] and his wife: "For Denis & Lucinda/ with admiration and respect -- my deepest esteem/ Robert Stone." Some dustiness and rubbing to the covers; very good in wrappers, in custom folding chemise and slipcase. A nice association between two writers who each won the National Book Award for a Vietnam-themed novel (Stone, Dog Soldiers, 1974; Johnson, Tree of Smoke, 2007), each of whose work has been at times compared to the other's. [#028552] $750
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel, winner of the National Book Award and one of the best novels to link the impact of the Vietnam war on American society in the Sixties to the dark side of that era -- the official corruption and the underside of the drug experiences of a generation. This is the second issue proof, in gold-brown wrappers with a publisher's letter to booksellers reproduced on the front cover. Signed by the author. Shallow creases to three corners; near fine in wrappers. [#912822] $500
1979, 1986. Two typed letters signed from Stone, the first from Honolulu, the second from Providence, RI. The first grants permission for the recipient to use his name and discusses his time in Hawaii and his delay in responding ["I've been under the weight of burdens real and imaginary here that have played hell with my time."]. The second apparently accompanied a recommendation for the recipient ["If you think of anything they might want beyond this, I think you might add whatever you feel is necessary and sign my name."]. The recipient was a writer who studied with Stone in the Seventies and later became a friend. Both letters are folded for mailing; else fine, with envelopes. Also included is an autograph letter signed by Stone's wife, Janice in which she offers the recipient use of their summer home in the off-season. [#026626] $375
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. His first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Made into a not particularly successful film, WUSA, with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. A Hall of Mirrors captured the toxic mix of religion, politics, demagoguery and hypocrisy in a way that should have seemed dated by now but instead only seems to be more pertinent to understanding our national political process than ever. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032582] $250
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Bound galley sheets; 8-1/2" x 11"; tapebound in cardstock covers. Presumably produced for in-house use only. Signed by the author. Fine. [#912808] $250
(n.p.), Dim Gray Bar Press, 1993. The first separate edition of this story, which appeared in The New Yorker and later was included in the Best American Short Stories 1988. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. Thin quarto printed on Rives. Fine in slipcase, with erratum slip laid in. [#912824] $225
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. The BOMC edition of his first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Warmly inscribed by the author: "For ___/ with love and thanks until we meet again/ Bob." Laid in is the half-title page from a paperback edition, which is also inscribed: "For ___/ with love/ Bob S." Small dent upper board edge; else fine in a near fine, mildly rubbed dust jacket. [#026623] $200
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. His first collection of stories, spanning the years 1969 to 1997. Bound galley sheets; 8-1/2" x 11"; tapebound in cardstock covers. Presumably produced for in-house use only; we've never seen any indication of these having been distributed outside the publishing house. Fine. [#008297] $175
Franklin Center, Franklin Library, 1998. The Franklin Library edition of this densely plotted political and metaphysical thriller set in contemporary Jerusalem. Stone tackles the religious hatreds, political intrigues and spiritual aspirations and malaise that intersect in one of the most historically significant, and volatile, places on earth. Signed by the author. With a special introduction by Stone for this edition. Leatherbound, all edges gilt, with a silk ribbon marker bound in. Fine. [#912818] $150
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. The advance reading copy of his last novel, which was published to generally excellent reviews: the main critique seemed to be that it wasn't as massive or portentous as critics had come to expect from Robert Stone. It uses the form of a police procedural -- the inquiry into a college student's accidental death -- to inquire about larger issues of faith, love and accountability, as well as madness and the ability to deceive oneself. Fine in wrappers. The advance reading copy has turned up on the market very seldom; we've only seen a couple offered for sale, where in the past there would have been dozens of such copies showing up in the aftermarket -- once again an indication that publishers are cutting back on such productions, often replacing some part of their function with digital offerings. [#031759] $125
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Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1964. Stone's first book appearance, "Walk, Don't Run" and "Geraldine," two excerpts from his first novel, written while he was participating in Wallace Stegner's Stanford writing program. These pieces were further revised by the time A Hall of Mirrors was published three years later. Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket; a very nice copy of a book that is usually found quite rubbed. Other contributors to this volume include Ed McClanahan, Hugh Nissenson and Merrill Joan Gerber, among others. [#912833] $125
NY, Fiction, (1973). An excerpt from a novel-in-progress, which turned out to be Dog Soldiers. A bibliographically significant piece, in that this is the only place where Dog Soldiers is identified by the title Skydiver Devoured by Starving Birds. Signed by Stone. Also includes John Lennon, Donald Barthelme, Jerome Charyn, and others. Tall newsprint journal. Fine. [#914689] $125
Hadley, Numinous Press, 1992. A first bibliography of Robert Stone, describing in detail the American and British editions of his "A" items up through Outerbridge Reach, along with an extensive listing of his appearances in others' books, in periodicals, in translation, etc. Illustrated with photographs, and including a critical introduction, as well as a previously unpublished piece by Robert Stone: the transcript of an impromptu talk that Stone gave at the Library of Congress for the tenth anniversary of the PEN Faulkner Award in 1989, about his exposure at a young age to the effects of writing, experienced upon reading Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Stone, who won the National Book Award for his novel Dog Soldiers, was widely considered one of the most important American novelists to emerge from the era of the Vietnam war and the Sixties counterculture, and the short list of his published novels does not give an accurate indication of his pervasive influence on contemporary American literature. By tracing the secondary appearances (the bibliography includes over 240 entries), one begins to appreciate the scope of his writing and the points at which his voice was one of those that defined our current situation and gave us the terms with which to understand it. The limited edition. One of 150 numbered copies, signed by Robert Stone. With a marbled paper dust jacket created expressly for this edition by Light of Day Bindery in Northampton, MA, and printed letterpress by Wild Carrot Press. Can be signed by Ken Lopez, if desired. [#010984] $125
NY, Knopf, 1981. His third novel, which many consider his best book, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the L.A. Times Award for best novel of the year. A dark tale of a small Central American country in upheaval, and the lives of a group of Americans whose different backgrounds and connections to the action intersect alarmingly and tragically. Inscribed by the author: "For ____/ with love until we meet again/ Bob S." Cocked, with spotting to top edge; very good in a near fine dust jacket with light wear at the spine ends. Not an uncommon book, but uncommon with a warm, personal inscription. [#026628] $100
NY, Knopf, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the American edition. A dark Hollywood novel, with themes from Kate Chopin's The Awakening and King Lear and one of the best, and most hard-hitting, Hollywood novels since Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers with promotional material stapled inside the front cover. [#912815] $100
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. The advance reading copy of his last novel, which was published to generally excellent reviews. It uses the form of a police procedural -- the inquiry into a college student's accidental death -- to inquire about larger issues of faith, love and accountability, as well as madness and the ability to deceive oneself. The advance reading copy has turned up on the market very seldom; we've only seen a couple offered for sale, where in the past there would have been dozens of such copies showing up in the aftermarket -- once again an indication that publishers are cutting back on such productions, often replacing some part of their function with digital offerings. Upper corner crease to rear cover, else fine in wrappers. [#030828] $100
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (1974). His second novel, winner of the National Book Award and one of the best novels to link the impact of the Vietnam war on American society in the Sixties to the dark side of that era -- the official corruption and the underside of the drug experiences of a generation. Made into the well-received movie, Who'll Stop the Rain? Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032583] $100
NY, Ticknor & Fields, 1992. The limited edition issued by the trade publisher of Stone's first bestseller. Chosen by the New York Times as one of the dozen best books of the year, covering all categories, and nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. One of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#912828] $100
Franklin Center, Franklin Library, 1992. The Franklin Library edition and the true first edition of Stone's first bestseller. Chosen by the New York Times as one of the dozen best books of the year, covering all categories, and nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Leatherbound; page edges gilt; with an introduction by Stone about the genesis of this book, which does not appear elsewhere. Signed by the author. Fine. [#912829] $100
(NY), Ecco/HarperCollins, (2007). The advance reading copy (marked "Uncorrected Proof"). His first book of nonfiction, a memoir focusing primarily on the late 1950s and the 1960s, when Stone was closely involved with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. Second issue, with pp. 221-222 excised and a photocopied sheet laid in, which prints the text as it appeared in the final book. Near fine in wrappers. [#026404] $100
(n.p.), [BOMC], 1989. A special introduction written for a BOMC reissue of West's classic novel. For reasons known only to BOMC this was not bound into the book but rather issued as a separate pamphlet, inadvertently creating an "A" item in Stone's bibliography. This copy is signed by Stone. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912837] $100
Washington, D.C., Counterpoint, (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of McClanahan's previously uncollected work. With a foreword by Robert Stone, a longtime friend dating from the early 1960s at Stanford, where McClanahan introduced Stone to Ken Kesey and the other members of the Perry Lane crowd. Signed by Stone. Fine in wrappers. [#022553] $100
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of original essays by Isabel Allende, Robert Stone, Gore Vidal, Charles McCarry and Marge Piercy. Mild spine sunning; near fine in wrappers. [#000319] $80
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2003. The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers, with a photo of the author laid in, which is also signed by Stone. [#912806] $70
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of his first collection of stories, spanning the years 1969 to 1997. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912809] $70
(NY), (Harper's), (1988). Includes Stone's "Keeping the Future at Bay," a report on the Republican National Convention, later collected in The Best American Essays 1989. Signed by Stone at his contribution. Fine. [#912823] $70
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