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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Proverbs

By: Apperson, G. L.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics: 1996

Seller ID: 013437

Condition: Very Good/Good

The Wordsworth Dictionary of Proverbs ed by Apperson is some 721pp & just one page under 500g. A wealth of sayings wise and old, fresh and new, apt and (not apt??) - anyway a handy ref for any wordsmith whether fully blooded or testing their literary waters. View more info

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Max Perkins, Portrait of an Editor of Genius & of the Literary Giants he Assembled

By: Berg, A. Scott

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Macdonald Futura Publishers: 1981

Seller ID: 010280

Condition: Excellent

640 well bound pages. Biography of Max Perkins, a genius without parallel. A finder of authors, a spotter of talent, who discovered the great American literary giants of the 1930s and 1940s. Perkins was noted for his courtesy and thoughtfulness. He also recognized skilled writing wherever he found it and nursed along writers as few editors did. Apart from his roles as coach, friend, and promoter, Perkins was unusual among editors for the close and detailed attention he g... View more info



By: Burns Edward (ed)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: USA, Liveright: 1973

Edition: 1st

Seller ID: 009442

Condition: Very Good

This book from a US county library but may have been a reference work rather than a lending copy, reference card at rear, id on spine, plastic wrap, VGood condition. Clean pages. Clean, unclipped jacket. 426 well bound pages with bw photos throughout. Edited by Edward Burns, intro by Gilbert Harrison. review - Gertrude Stein died in 1946, 20 years before Alice B. Toklas met her own end - - the personal letters in this nicely illustrated volume (over 400 pages) are chie... View more info

In the Company of Rilke: Why a 20th-Century Visionary Poet Speaks So Eloquently to 21st-Century Readers

By: Dowrick, Stephanie

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Allen & Unwin: 2006

Inscription: Inscription and Signature of Author

Seller ID: 010336

Condition: Excellent

In the Company of Rilke is a rare book about a rare poet. Rainer Maria Rilke was a giant of twentieth-century writing who remains a visionary voice for our own time, captivating readers not only with his brilliance but also his fearlessness about the "deepest things." Speaking through his own contradictions and ambivalences, he gives readers a profound understanding of the complex beauty of human existence. review >>> I have not had much experience of poetry, but... View more info

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Just the Facts Ma'am a Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques

By: Fallis, Greg

Price: $25.00

Publisher: USA, Writers Digest: 1998

Seller ID: 009647

Condition: Very Good

Faults? -the front & rear covers have slight curls away from the text, not bent back around to read but a curl nonethelesss (might be the laminate on the cardboard tightening? or might be part of a cunning mystery to get the writing juices flowing?) 246 clean white well bound pages throughout, buy the book & solve a murder or three by lunchtime. View more info

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Laurie Lee: The Well-Loved Stranger

By: Grove, Valerie

Price: $36.00

Publisher: UK, Viking: 1999

Seller ID: 010824

Condition: Excellent/Very Good

560pp, 3 photo sections, just over a kilo for post. The authorized, first major biography of British writer Laurie Lee, author of the beloved novel Cider with Rosie. English author Lee (1914-1997) began his writing career as a poet, but was best known for his autobiographical works. With the cooperation of Lee's widow as well as access to Lee's papers, Grove, a columnist for the London Times, has produced a well-researched though conflicted account. Well, could Lee's l... View more info

Elizabeth Barrett's Letters to Mrs David Ogilvy

By: Heydon & Kelley (ed)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: U.K., John Murray: 1974

Seller ID: 008627

Condition: Excellent

A book of letters that are "seething from end to end with passionate emotion". Thee is a birthday inscription to JE Barrett(1982). dj unclipped sewn-in pages that are bright & tight. View more info

Raymond Chandler A Biography

By: Hiney, Tom

Price: $22.00

Publisher: UK, Chatto & Windus: 1997

Seller ID: 011331

Condition: Excellent

310 crisp pp, photo section, 700g packed to post. Raymond Chandler is an uncensored look at the tortured man who wrote the classic mystery novels The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. There are insights into the writer's inspirations and work - as well as accounts of Chandler's battles with alcohol addiction and his friendships with Howard Hawks, "Lucky" Luciano, S. J. Perelman, and Alfred Hitchcock. This book is also the first to fully detail the significance and... View more info

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Representative Men: The Biographical Essays Selected Essays by John Clellon Holmes Volume 2

By: John Clellon Holmes

Price: $24.00

Publisher: USA, University of Arkansas Press: 1988

Seller ID: 010070

Condition: Very Good

277 clean white well bound pp, John Clellon Holmes lived in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. He remained close friends with Kerouac until Jack's death in 1969. John Clellon Holmes died in Middleton, Connecticut on March 2, 1988. He is the author of 'Go', 'The Horn" and "Representative Men'. Holmes was the person who first asked Kerouac to describe their generation and that's when Jack flashed on Herbert Huncke's use of the term 'beat' and responded immediately that the... View more info

Gore Vidal A Biography

By: Kaplan, Fred

Price: $19.00

Publisher: Doubleday: 1999

Seller ID: 011271

Condition: Very Good

1.3 kgs & 850 pp in total. faults? Bump to top edge, dj worn at fold front flap (we do have a better copy) Novelist, cultural critic, essayist, historian, comic satirist, image maker, provocateur, actor, homosexual, bisexual...controversial, brilliant, confrontational, unflinching, cynical, idealistic...finding words to describe Gore Vidal is never difficult. And yet, an accurate picture of this multifaceted chameleon has eluded us until now. Here, at last, is a vastly e... View more info

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The Tale of Beatrix Potter a Biography

By: Lane, Margaret

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Fontana: 1968

Seller ID: 013138

Condition: Good

184pp plus index, bw pix centre section, less than 500g for post. View more info

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I Came, I Saw An Autobiography

By: Lewis, Norman

Price: $32.00

Publisher: UK, Picador: 1994

Seller ID: 010907

Condition: Excellent

In this magnificent autobiography, Norman Lewis recaptures the years which saw him changed from a stammering schoolboy into a writer for whom, after the war, travel became an indispensable stimulant. Just under 500g for post, 391 crisp pp. review >>>> 'One of the most accomplished of all travel writers, a foreign correspondent of distinction, a novelist of standing... A delightful set of memoirs and a wonderful read' "Daily Telegraph " >> I Came I Saw (Picador 1... View more info

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The Radical Twenties: Writing, Politics, and Culture

By: Lucas, John

Price: $31.00

Publisher: Rutgers Uni Press: 1997

Seller ID: 010643

Condition: Very Good

-from cover > This book brings together writers from the 1920's who have never before been collectively studied in regard to their political radicalism. Drawing on the works of D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Wolf, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Ivor Gurney, Patrick Hamilton, and others, John Lucas identifies the decade as a time of both political activism and of deliberately transgressive behavior, particularly among women. The book meets head-on the argument of earlier commentators ... View more info

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Echoes of Big Ben: A journalist's parliamentary diary (1881-1940)

By: Mackintosh, Sir Alexander

Price: $18.00

Publisher: UK, Jarrolds - London:

Seller ID: 010453

Condition: Good

176pp with bw pics interspersed, some spotting to compressed pp edges & first2-3 but overall nice inside (paper seems to be an unusual type as though with textured appearance, War Economy Standard), dj worn/tears/chips along top edge, plastic protection now. Date maybe '45 or '46. Mackintosh was born in Bendigo & eventually was employed as parliamentary correspondent for an unbelievable 57 years, he was knighted in 1932. View more info

The Essential Mary Webb

By: Martin Armstrong (intro)

Price: $31.00

Publisher: UK, Jonathan Cape: 1949

Seller ID: 010797

Condition: Very Good

The essential Mary Webb - Webb's star should have risen higher according to critical review >>> "This year’s discovery has been Mary Webb, author of Gone to Earth. She is a genius, and I shouldn’t mind wagering that she is going to be the most distinguished writer of our generation."- Rebecca West, review of Gone to Earth. Literally dozens of other respected literary figures off unstinting praise for Webb's skill as a wordsmith. Armstrong presents select... View more info

Scott Fitzgerald A Biography

By: Meyers, Jeffrey

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1994

Seller ID: 010309

Condition: Very Good

Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodied the decades between the two world wars, was a writer who took his material almost entirely from his life: "My characters are all Scott Fitzgerald. Even the female characters are Scott Fitzgerald." In this much-needed new biography, Jeffrey Meyers offers a perceptive interpretation of both the life and the work of one of America's finest novelists. Despite his early success with The Great Gatsby, Fitzgera... View more info

My Life and Times

By: Miller, Henry

Price: $59.00

Publisher: USA, Gemini Smith / Playboy Press: 1971

Seller ID: 010056

Condition: Very Good

In this candid reflection on his well-spent life Miller speaks out frankly, fearlessly--and with a high sense of the human comedy. Here are scenes from his true life escapades in Brooklyn, Paris and Big Sur, is a new kind of book, a visual autobiography, that reveals in nostalgic photographs more than 70 years of Miller's zestful life... review > For Miller fans, this book is almost TOO fun. Note the (illustrated) story about how hanging around with ... View more info

Place Matters gendered geography in Victorian women's travel books about Southeast Asia

By: Morgan, Susan

Price: $25.00

Publisher: USA, Rutgers Uni Press: 1996

Seller ID: 009463

Condition: Very Good

Susan Morgan's study of materials and regions previously neglected in contemporary postcolonial studies begins with the transforming premise that "place matters." Concepts derived from writings about one area of the world cannot simply be transposed to another area, in some sort of global theoretical move. Moreover, place in the discourse of Victorian imperialism is a matter of gendered as well as geographic terms. Morgan makes extensive use of theorists whose ... View more info

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Obstinate Heart: Jane Austen - A Biography

By: Myer, Valerie Grosvenor

Price: $23.00

Publisher: UK, Michael O"Mara Books Limited: 1997

Seller ID: 011339

Condition: Excellent

700g packed to post, 248pp with photos mid section. This biography may best be read in conjunction with its subject's novels, for so much of Jane's life went into her six books, although her heroines generally fared better than their creator. Born the seventh of eight children into the genteel but impoverished home of a clergyman, Jane Austen quickly learned what it meant to be a woman without money--a situation most of her female protagonists shared, yet often overcame ... View more info

Fast Works

By: Pat Woolley

Price: $24.00

Publisher: Australia, Wild & Woolley: 1996

Seller ID: 010216

Condition: Very Good

The 1996 sampler of 'Fast Books' writing, drawing and photography by Mona Brand, Harold Cazneaux, Beverley Farnshaw, Zeny Edwards, Hudson Fish, george Gittoes, Clive kain, Patrick O'Tarpaig, Alec Preda & Kent Whitmore. Unpaginated but say 175pp, faults? alas rear cover has a diagonal crease o/wise all pp clean bright & well bound. View more info