Catalog 131, E-G

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88. ELLIS, Bret Easton. American Psycho. (London): Picador (1998). The second British edition and first hardcover edition. First published in the U.S. as a Vintage paperback original in 1991, after the Simon & Schuster edition was canceled. A tasteless novel (deliberately, if the author's interviews are to be believed) of a mass murderer, with graphic description of the tortures and mutilations he inflicts on his victims. The controversy probably gave the novel more attention than its literary merits would have earned for it -- a calculation that one can't help but think the author might well have made: it is a self-consciously shocking novel, from a writer whose earlier books had explored the idea that our society has become corrupt and jaded, incapable of being shocked anymore, or even morally moved. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

89. ERDRICH, Louise. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. (NY): HarperCollins (2001). A novel that was a finalist for the National Book Award, by the author of Love Medicine, among others. Signed by the author. Lower corners tapped; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

90. ERDRICH, Louise. Four Souls. (NY): HarperCollins (2004). The hardcover preview edition of her latest novel, which is a continuation of Tracks. Due to be published in July, 2004. Fine without dust jacket, as issued. An uncommon format for an advance promotional issue.

91. EVERWINE, Peter. Keeping the Night. NY: Atheneum, 1977. The author's second collection of poetry; his first was the Lamont Prize winner of 1972. Inscribed by Everwine to another poet. Recipient's handmade bookplate; fine in wrappers.

92. EXLEY, Frederick. A Fan's Notes. NY: Harper & Row (1968). His first book, "a fictional memoir" and one of the defining books of the Sixties, which helped blur the line between fiction and nonfiction much the way the New Journalism of that era did. A finalist for the National Book Award, winner of both the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, for a work that, while not a commercial success, was nonetheless "a considerable literary achievement." Made into a movie in 1972, which was a finalist for the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. While Exley's book was not a bestseller at the time, over the years it has remained in print, been brought out in a number of different editions, and is widely viewed as a classic of the 1960s. Inscribed by the author in 1987. Trace fading to the spine ends; else fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with slight shelf wear at the crown. Book signed by Exley are remarkably uncommon; the author seldom made appearances to sign books, and most signed copies that have turned up have been inscribed to friends. The recipient of this book was a person who befriended Exley at a bar they both frequented in Alexandria Bay, NY.

93. -. Same title. The advance reading copy. Very near fine in printed red glossy wrappers. A nice copy.

94. EXLEY, Frederick. Pages from a Cold Island. NY: Random House (1975). His second book, also a memoir that uses some of the techniques of fiction. Mottled at the board edges; near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

95. -. Another copy. Inscribed by the author in 1987. Fine in a near fine, edge-sunned dust jacket with light wear at the spine ends. Uncommon signed.

96. EXLEY, Frederick. Last Notes from Home. NY: Random House (1988). Exley's third and last book, in the sequence of fictionalized memoirs that began with A Fan's Notes. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a slight crease at the heel.

97. FAHERTY, Terence. Kill Me Again. NY: Simon & Schuster (1996). The first novel in the author's award-winning Scott Elliott mystery series, set in Hollywood in 1947. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

98. FAULKNER, William. Collected Stories of William Faulkner. NY: Random House (1950). The first issue of this collection, with "The Collected Stories of William Faulkner" stamped on the spine, a blue background behind the title on the title page and blue top stain. A near fine copy in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with small chips at the heel and one corner and a few unobtrusive short tears. A nice copy of an important collection, which includes seventeen previously uncollected stories.

99. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. NY: Scribner, 1920. His first book, an autobiographical novel of youthful ideals and disillusion that helped define the jazz age and perfectly captured the tenor of postwar America, becoming both a critical success and a huge bestseller, going through fourteen printings in the first two years. Virtually overnight, Fitzgerald became both a celebrity and extremely wealthy -- a success that he never duplicated with another of his books, and which he never quite lived up to thereafter, nor recovered from. The first printing was only 3000 copies. Owner name and place on front endpaper. Title page has two restored chips at the top edge; modest handling apparent to boards; a very good copy, with the spine gilt still bright, lacking the rare dust jacket.

100. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. NY: Scribner, 1922. Fitzgerald's second novel, third book, published two years after he wowed the literary world with This Side of Paradise and three years before he established his literary immortality with The Great Gatsby. All of his first three novels captured the dizzy exuberance of the 1920s, as well as satirizing its superficialities, and Fitzgerald's reputation derives from his seeming to have been both an exemplar and avatar of his times and a martyr to them, simultaneously and ultimately tragically. Owner name on pastedown; foxing to endpages; one corner bumped; front hinge starting; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket.

101. FREUDENBERGER, Nell. Lucky Girls. (London): Picador (2004). The advance reading copy of the first British edition of her highly praised debut collection. Fine in wrappers.

102. FROST, Robert. A Masque of Reason. NY: Henry Holt (1945). A poem published on the poet's 70th birthday. Frost was four times awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry -- an accomplishment that is unmatched in American letters. Pencil underlinings in text; near fine in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge chipping and a tear at the lower rear flap fold.

103. GARDNER, John. The Sunlight Dialogues. London: Jonathan Cape (1973). The first British edition of his fourth novel and the one that is considered by many his magnum opus. Inscribed by the author, "with affection and thanks for many kindnesses." Illustrated by John Napper: Gardner believed strongly in the importance of illustrations in his novels -- an uncommon practice these days which harkens back to an earlier era of publishing -- and he was able to persuade his publishers to allow him to indulge this preference. Corner crease to prelims; else fine in a very good dust jacket with light edge wear and a thin stain at the front joint and lower outer corner. The recipients were neighbors of Gardner and the novelist Nicholas Delbanco during the period both were teaching at Bennington College in Vermont.

104. GARDNER, John. Jason & Medeia. NY: Knopf, 1973. An epic poem based on the Greek myths. Inscribed by the author: "To ____ + ____/ In hopes that you can stand/ Wagnerian opera without/ music!/ Best/ John Gardner." Text block shaken; very good in a very good, spine-faded and edgeworn dust jacket.

105. GARDNER, John. Nickel Mountain. NY: Knopf, 1973. One of Gardner's best-loved novels, a National Book Award finalist in 1974. Inscribed by the author at Christmas, 1975. Small spot and dent to foredge; else fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket.

106. GARDNER, John. The King's Indian. NY: Knopf, 1974. A collection of stories. Inscribed by Gardner to novelist Nicholas Delbanco and his wife. A nice literary association copy: Gardner and Delbanco both taught writing at Bennington College in the mid-1970s and in 1977 they co-founded the Bennington Writing Workshops. Bennington became, in the 1980s, one of the new centers of American writing with the emergence of the so-called "brat pack" generation of young writers, a number of whom had studied there. Near fine in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with shallow chipping to the top edge and a small spot on the front panel.

107. GIBSON, William. All Tomorrow's Parties. NY: Putnam (1999). A novel by the acknowledged master of the cyberpunk genre and the author of Neuromancer, which won three of science fiction's major awards. One of an unspecified number of copies signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

108. GREEN, George Dawes. The Caveman's Valentine. (NY): Warner (1994). His first book, a quirky novel of a street person that was the surprise winner of an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. Made into a movie in 2001, although the novel's cross-genre aspirations failed to translate comfortably to the screen. Signed by the author: "For one who fathoms the true nature of Z-rays -- / George Dawes Green." Fine in a fine dust jacket.

109. GREGG, Linda. The Sacraments of Desire. (Saint Paul): Graywolf Press (1991). The hardcover issue of her third collection. Signed by the author. Gregg is one of the most highly regarded poets in the country, having been a winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, a National Endowment of the Arts grant and six Pushcart Prizes, among other awards. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

110. GREGG, Linda. Chosen by the Lion. (Saint Paul): Graywolf Press (1994). The hardcover issue of her fourth collection. Warmly inscribed by the author "with gratitude and happiness." Fine in a fine dust jacket with a corner crease on the front flap.

111. GREY, Zane. The Mysterious Rider. NY: Harper & Brothers (1921). An advance review copy of this Western novel, so stamped on the title page ("New Publication/ Advance Copy/ Not Yet Released"). Owner name front pastedown; short nick in cloth at spine crown; two pages overprinted; a very good copy without dust jacket (as issued? It's not clear if advance copies would have been issued with or without jackets).

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