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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
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
On Sale: $293
On Sale: $293
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