On the River Styx
NY, Random House, (1988). Two books: first, Matthiessen's own working copy of this collection of ten short stories, seven of which were collected in 1984 in Midnight Turning Gray. Matthiessen has written "PM Work Copy" on the front flyleaf. The only story Matthiessen has worked on is the final one, the previously uncollected "Lumumba Lives," which has undergone a complete re-drafting in these pages. Laid in is a copy of a New York Times review of the book, as well as a photocopy of a letter from Don DeLillo to Matthiessen praising the story: "Lumumba Lives is a great story, one of the best I've read in many years. It brought me to a level of concentration I thought I'd lost forever as a reader. I couldn't help reading it first because I was curious to know what you've been up to most recently." Boards heavily stained, a good copy in a good, stained and edgeworn dust jacket. Together with: the uncorrected proof copy of the British edition [London: Collins Harvill, 1989], which reverses the order of the first two stories, and with blurbs by Don DeLillo and William Styron. DeLillo's blurb mentions "Lumumba Lives," and praises it extravagantly, as he did in the letter. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Minor abrasions to covers; very good in wrappers. [#032359] SOLD
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