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Catalog 102, A

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1. ACHEBE, Chinua. A Man of the People. NY: John Day (1966). A satirical novel about political corruption in Nigeria, by one of the foremost African men of letters of the 20th century, author of Things Fall Apart, among others. University bookstore stamp and price on the front flyleaf; ink on the foredge. Very good in a very good, rubbed and edgeworn dust jacket.

2. ACHEBE, Chinua. Hopes and Impediments. NY: Doubleday (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of essays, including a controversial one about Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and a recollection of James Baldwin. Fine in wrappers.

3. AI. Killing Floor. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. Her second collection, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1978 of the Academy of American Poets. This is the issue in wrappers, and is inscribed by the author, with a drawing, "Zapata's Horse." Fine.

4. ALEXIE, Sherman. The Business Of Fancydancing. NY: Hanging Loose (1992). The first book of stories and prose poems by this young Native American writer of Spokane/Coeur d'Alene descent. This collection received high praise in a New York Times Book Review article presenting an overview of contemporary American Indian literature, presaging a literary career that has continued to live up to the advance billing. Alexie was selected as one of the Granta 20 best young American authors. His well-received collection of stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, was adapted for the highly praised film, Smoke Signals. This title was issued simultaneously in hardcover and softcover; the hardcover was reported to have been issued in an edition of 100 copies, and no copy has turned up on the market, to our knowledge, in years. This is a review copy of the issue in wrappers--which is itself becoming scarce, especially in an advance issue--and is inscribed by the author. Fine.

5. ALVAREZ, A. Hers. NY: Random House (1975). The first American edition of this first novel about a talented and troubled young woman, written by the author of a biography of Sylvia Plath. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

6. AMADO, Jorge. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon. NY: Knopf, 1962. The first American edition of the most famous work by Brazil's most well-known author. Made into a movie some 20 years later, after it had been adapted into a top-rated Brazilian soap opera. Top stain and top cloth edges a touch faded; near fine in a fine, unfaded dust jacket. A nice copy of a key volume of world literature of the past half-century.

7. ANDREWS, Raymond. Appalachee Red. NY: Dial (1978). Uncorrected proof copy of this African-American author's well-received first book, winner of the James Baldwin Prize. Near fine in wrappers. Scarce.

8. (Anthology). Selected Writing. London: Nicholson & Watson, 1944. Wartime anthology of poetry and prose, with contributions by Frank O'Connor, Lawrence Durrell, Rhys Davies, Alex Comfort, Sean O'Faolian, George Barker, Fred Urquhart, and many others. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A remarkably well-preserved copy of a small, fragile volume.

9. (Anthology). Spontaneous Combustion. NY: Winter House (1972). Eight plays by, among others, Ed Bullins, Adrienne Kennedy, Megan Terry and LeRoi Jones. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with an edge tear at the upper front panel. Signed by Bullins, and inscribed by Kennedy.

10. (Anthology). The New Fiction. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press (1974). A collection of interviews with a number of the most influential writers of a generation: Kurt Vonnegut, Donald Barthelme, John Barth, Joyce Carol Oates, William Gass, John Gardner, Jerzy Kosinski, Susan Sontag, Tom Wolfe, John Hawkes, Ronald Sukenik and Ishmael Reed. Splattered top edge; near fine in a very good, rubbed and heavily spine-sunned dust jacket with light edgewear.

11. (Anthology). Giant Talk. NY: Random House (1975). An anthology of Third World writings, co-edited and inscribed by Quincy Troupe. Among the hundreds of contributors are Derek Walcott, Toni Cade Bambara, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Wole Soyinka, Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison, Chinua Achebe, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Ernest Gaines, José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, James Welch, Ray Youngbear, Gabriel García Márquez, Nikki Giovanni and Toni Morrison. An important anthology, the publication of which helped to enable the movement toward multicultural studies. Fine in near fine jacket.

12. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by Quincy Troupe. Tall wrappers, with a few creases and one edge tear; about very good. Scarce.

13. (Anthology). The Village Voice Anthology 1956-1980. NY: Morrow, 1982. The uncorrected proof copy of twenty-five years of writing from The Village Voice. With pieces by Donald Barthelme, June Jordan, Jamaica Kincaid, Jules Feiffer, Norman Mailer, Edward Hoagland, Pete Hamill, Greil Marcus, and many others. Fine in wrappers.

14. (Anthology). Nineteen New American Poets of the Golden Gate. NY: HBJ (1983). The uncorrected proof copy. Several hundred poems by California poets, with introductions by the authors, including Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Leslie Scalapino, Michael Palmer and Robert Pinsky. Near fine in wrappers.

15. (Anthology). Prize Stories 1985. The O. Henry Awards. Garden City: Doubleday, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of this annual collection. Jane Smiley, Ann Beattie, Susan Minot, Wright Morris, Louise Erdrich, Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and many others. Fine in wrappers.

16. (Anthology). The Esquire Fiction Reader, Volume II. (Green Harbor): (Wampeter Press) (1986). Short fiction from Esquire magazine, only issued in wrappers. An introduction by John Updike and stories by Peter Matthiessen, Robert Stone, Tim O'Brien, T.C. Boyle, Kurt Vonnegut, Ann Beattie, Bernard Malamud, Elizabeth Tallent, Tobias Wolff, Debra Spark, Frank Conroy and William Styron. Remainder mark, otherwise fine.

17. (Anthology). At the Field's End. Seattle: Madrona (1987). The scarce hardcover issue of this collection of interviews with 20 Pacific Northwest writers, including Barry Lopez, Gary Snyder, Raymond Carver, Ivan Doig, Tom Robbins, Ursula Le Guin, James Welch, Marilynne Robinson, Norman MacLean, and others. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by Snyder and Lopez.

18. (Anthology). The Uncommon Touch. Stanford: Stanford Alumni Association (1989). A collection of previously published fiction and poetry by participants in the Stanford Writing Workshop, including Robert Stone, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Raymond Carver, Alice Hoffman, Ken Kesey, William Kittredge, Thomas McGuane, Larry McMurtry, N. Scott Momaday, Scott Turow, Tobias Wolff, and many others. Most of the pieces are excerpts from larger works, and contain a short, previously unpublished introduction by the author about the selection. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine.

19. (Anthology). Louder than Words. NY: Vintage (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of a collection of original stories donated by authors to benefit the fight against hunger, homelessness and illiteracy. With contributions by Louise Erdrich, Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates, Ethan Canin, Madison Smartt Bell, Richard Bausch, Richard Russo, Amy Hempel, Michael Dorris, Mona Simpson, Charles Baxter, Robert Olmstead, Carolyn See and others. Covers unevenly sunned, and a small stain on the front; near fine in wrappers. Issued as a paperback original.

20. (Anthology). The Sophisticated Cat. (NY): Dutton (1992). The uncorrected proof copy. An anthology of cat-related stories, poems and other writings, introduced and edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Daniel Halpern and with work by T.S. Eliot, Italo Calvino, Hemingway, Faulkner, Rilke, Updike, and many others. Fine in wrappers.

21. (Anthology). The Unforgetting Heart. San Francisco: Aunt Lute (1993). Uncorrected proof copy of this anthology of short stories by African-American women, spanning the years 1859-1993 and including Zora Neale Hurston, Paule Marshall, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, J. California Cooper, Terry McMillan, Toni Cade Bambara, Sonia Sanchez, Rita Dove, Ann Petry, Kristin Hunter and others. Fine in wrappers.

22. ASHBERY, John. Reported Sightings. NY: Knopf, 1989. Uncorrected proof of a collection of essays on art by the Pulitzer Prize-winner. Fine in wraps.

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