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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 #19351, The Widows of Thornton NY, Harcourt Brace, (1954). The third book and second story collection by a writer considered a contemporary master of the form and one of the key figures in Southern literature in the 20th century. Taylor was born in Tennessee, where much of his fiction is set, and he is one of the writers who was strongly influenced by the Fugitive movement in Southern writing and counted several of the leading writers of that movement as his mentors. Taylor's biographer credited him with establishing the dysfunctional family as a major subject in American literature. Inscribed by Taylor in 1968. Trace wear to board edge; else fine in a rubbed, thus very good, dust jacket. [#019351] $375
On Sale: $244
NY, McDowell, Obolensky, (1959). A collection of short stories that takes its title from the opening lines of Anna Karenina -- "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" -- which aptly describes one of the major themes of Taylor's writing. Pencilled owner name on pastedown under front flap; else fine in a very good dust jacket which has very slight rubbing and wear to the spine ends, much less than usual, and is internally tape-strengthened at the crown. [#021732] $60
NY, Knopf, 1993. One of 650 numbered advance reading copies of his last book, a collection of stories. Fine in wrappers, in very good publisher's cardstock slipcase. [#019356] $20