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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
1968-1975. Seven letters, totaling 18 pages, written to her friend, the novelist and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer. Owens was back in New York by this time, after a decade spent living in the expatriate community in Paris supporting herself writing soft porn for Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press, under the name Harriet Daimler. After Claude, her first novel under her own name, would be published in 1973. One autograph letter signed and six typed letters signed, densely packed, with thoughts on her own writing, the writing of others, sex, family, food, exercise, publishing, and writers' colonies. Also includes what seems to be retained copies of two partial letters from Wurlitzer as well: one to Owens, one to someone named Claus, typed on Owens' stationery while staying at the Chelsea hotel. Evidence of a close friendship, enacted over a decade, with Owens' no holds barred personality on display throughout. Mailing folds, an odd collage adhered to the verso of one letter, over what appears to be a handwritten postscript; else all elements are fine. [#033188] $3,500
NY, Knopf, 1984. Her second novel under her own name, following the underground classic After Claude and a career writing pornography for Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press under the pen-name Harriet Daimler. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "June 26th 1984/ Roger - Affectionately, Iris Owens." Very good in a near fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Terry Southern, Doris Lessing, Frank Conroy, and others. Owens' signature is uncommon. Together with an uncorrected proof copy; near fine in wrappers. [#033350] $150
NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. "Compliments of the author" card laid in. Very Good in Very Good DJ chipped near the crown. [#707934] $20
NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#707462] $20