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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #31324, Defense of Faculty Reviews 1992. A 7-page dot-matrix print-out of a letter by Anderson defending himself against a series of complaints made against him as a faculty member at Boise State University. Together with an unsigned cover letter from 1993 expressing, among other things, a wish he could publish the letter and a tirade against "the new thing, the E-mail," and its allowing people to hide behind a curtain like the Wizard of Oz. Also together with four of Anderson's reviews as a faculty member, three of which have Anderson's holograph annotations (e.g., "don't know how she got this guy in her pocket"). And also together with, and paper-clipped to his faculty reviews, the Pablo Neruda poem "Guilty," on which Anderson has written: "I make my 'Creative Writing' students memorize this for their mid-term." Not signed on the preceding items, but with a 1993 letter of transmittal signed by Anderson, saying, among other things, that he expects he'll be in Boise a few more years "before [they] manage to get rid of me." Rust from paperclips; otherwise all items fine. [#031324] $450
click for a larger image of item #34989, Typed Postcard Signed 1993. An 8" x 5-1/4" promotional postcard for Anderson's novel Sympathy for the Devil, on which Anderson has typed a short letter to Catherine Berge, thanking her for sending photographs that he may use for the jacket of his next book, Night Dogs. He mostly talks of not fitting in, teaching in academia (Boise State), but he also includes a postscript, via an attached, typed label: "P.S. -- dumb-ass Gustav [Hasford] - dying like that. He needed someone to take care of him, see that he ate, slept, etc. Judith & I went to a memorial service in Tacoma. All his Marine combat correspondent buddies there. Great guys." The postcard is signed, "All best, Kent." Fine. Anderson's Sympathy for the Devil was one of the best, and most harrowing, of the novels of the Vietnam War; Hasford's The Short-Timers, of course, was another. [#034989] $125
click for a larger image of item #35102, Sympathy for the Devil (n.p.), Gallimard, (1993). The first French edition of Anderson's first book: a powerful novel about the Special Forces in Vietnam, with whom the author served, which confronts the violence of the war head-on and explores an individual's capacity for tolerating and committing brutality that in any other context would be unthinkable and inhuman. With a preface for this edition by James Crumley that was later issued in the U.S. in pamphlet form, and in English, by Pride of Tacoma Press. Owner name; near fine in lightly rubbed black wrappers, with several inadvertently-turned page corners. [#035102] $50