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The Book of Love

By: Ackerman, Diane; Mackin, Jeanne

Price: $10.00

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2269323


First edition. Jacket spine head and spine base lightly bumped, otherwise a fine copy. 1998 Hard Cover. xxxiii, 827 pp. Culled from love letters, poetry, fiction, personal essays, and memoirs, this lavish and fascinating anthology celebrates humankind's grandest pastime and obsession: love. How do we define love? It feels like hunger pains, and we use the same word. Pang. Perhaps this is why Cupid is depicted with a quiver of arrows, because love feels at times like bein... View more info

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Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays

By: Acocella, Joan

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Pantheon: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2207082


Small tear to upper rear jacket. 2007 Hard Cover. From one of our most admired cultural critics (“A marvelous, canny writer”––Terry Castle, London Review of Books), thirty-one essays on some of the most influential artists of our time––writers, dancers, choreographers, sculptors––and two saints of all time, Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene. Among the people discussed: Italo Svevo, Stefan Zweig, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Yourcenar, Joseph Roth, Vaslav ... View more info

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Letters of James Agee to Father Flye

By: Agee, James

Price: $13.50

Publisher: George Braziller: 1962

Edition: 3rd Printing

Seller ID: 2266778


Third printing. Jacket spine-head and spine-base lightly rubbed, front jacket flap creased. A few faint spots along top edge of boards. 1962 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 235 pp. The present edition amounts to ninety some letters written over a period of thirty years to an Episcopalain priest who was not only the author's oldest friend, but, in a way, his foster father. James Rufus Agee (/?e?d?i?/ AY-jee; November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) wa... View more info

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A Hilltop on the Marne: Being Letters Written June 3 - September 8, 1914

By: Aldrich, Mildred

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap: 1918

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2266164


No jacket, endpapers faintly toned, pencil name on second blank. 1918 Hard Cover. 187 pp. Illustrated with reproductions of photographs. Mildred Aldrich (November 16, 1853[1] – February 19, 1928) was an American journalist and writer. Aldrich moved to Huiry, near Paris, in 1914, only months before the outbreak of the First World War.[2] Her house there overlooked the Marne river valley, and her experiences during the First Battle of the Marne, as detailed in her letter... View more info

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CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

By: Alter, Cathy

Price: $6.00

Publisher: William Morrow: 2016

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2206984


First edition. An exceptional copy. 2016 Hard Cover. A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush. View more info

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Something to Declare: Essays

By: Alvarez, Julia

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200751


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Near fine.Near Fine. 1998 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 300 pp. In her first book of nonfiction, Julia Alvarez takes us behind the scenes and shares the lessons she's learned on her way to becoming an internationally acclaimed novelist. In 1960, when Alvarez was ten years old, her family fled the Dominican Republic. Her father participated in a failed coup attempt against the dictator Raf... View more info

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To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

By: Ambrose, Stephen E.

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 2003

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2268632


First printing. A very nice copy. 2003 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xvi, 265 pp. Completed shortly before Ambrose's untimely death, To America is a very personal look at our nation's history through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most influential historians. Ambrose roams the country's history, praising the men and women who made it exceptional. He considers Jefferson and Washington, who were progressive thinkers (while livin... View more info

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Robert Frost and John Bartlett: The Record of a Friendship

By: Anderson, Margaret Bartlett

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2202144


First edition. A very nice copy.Near Fine. 1963 Hard Cover. xiv, 224 pp. As a young English teacher at the Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire, Robert Frost first met Margaret Abbott and John Bartlett in 1907 when they were his students. Walking miles down the country roads with John, talking of astronomy or Greek mythology or simply observing nature, Frost established a friendship with the boy that was to last the rest of their lives. After John and Margaret married, in ... View more info

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Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing, 1970-2005

By: Atwood, Margaret

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Virago: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200680


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Pages toned.Jacket lightly toned. 2005 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xv, 413 pp. From the author of The Handmaid's Tale, inspiration for the Hulu original television adaptation. 'Whenever I resolve to write less and do something healthful instead, like ice dancing - some honey-tongued editor is sure to call me up and make me an offer I can't refuse. So in some ways this book is simply the re... View more info

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Selected Journals and Other Writings (Penguin Nature Classics)

By: Audubon, John James; Forkner, Ben

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Penguin Books: 1996

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2195122


First printing. Edges rubbed, pages toned. 1996 Trade Paperback. xliii, 573 pp. The fist one-volume selection of non-ornithological writings from one of America's premier naturalists and painters. Gathered here are the fruits of his [Audubon's] literary talent: journals, letters, bird biographies, a memoir of his early years, and stories of the American frontier.... His enormous efforts resulted in the finest collection of American birds ever painted by a single individu... View more info

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Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, the Pursuit of Truth, and On Other Subjects.

By: Bailey, Samuel

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Ticknor and Fields: 1854

Seller ID: 2204495


No jacket, top edges of a few pages stained. 1854 Hard Cover. xii, 422, [4] pp. Samuel Bailey (5 July 1791 – 18 January 1870) was a British philosopher and writer.His first work, Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, published anonymously in 1821, attracted more attention than any of his other writings. A sequel to it appeared in 1829, Essays on the Pursuit of Truth. Between these two were Questions in Political Economy, Politics, Morals, &c. (1823), an... View more info

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Deceiving to Convey Truth

By: Beattie, Ann

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Harbourfront Reading Series: 1997

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200923


Signed by author without inscription. #48 of 150 signed, numbered copies, from a total edition of 550. Faint smudge to rear wrapper. 1997 Stapled Binding. We have more books available by this author!. 25 pp. Ann Beattie discusses what it is to be a writer, analyzing her own writings and the writings of others.Keywords: ANN BEATTIE DECEIVING TO CONVEY TRUTH AMERICAN LITERATURE ESSAYS LITERARY CRITICSIM BIOGRAPHY View more info

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Stoneposts in the Sunset

By: Berry, Romeyn

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Century House: 1950

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2062121


First edition. Inscribed without attribution and signed by author ('with every good wish, Romeyn Berry') on title page. Corners a bit rubbed, faint stain to spine base. 1950 Hard Cover. 96 pp. 8vo. A collection of short pieces written by an American sports administrator and author who attended Cornell University to study law, practiced in New York City, fought in World War I, and returned to Cornell to become involved in their sports program. He was also the head of seve... View more info

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Copy: Today's Better Fiction, Volume 1, No. 1, Spring 1950

By: Bradbury, Ray; Crossen, Ken; Moholy-Nagy, Sybil; Alan, Louis; Siry, Peter; Boutell, Cleve; Toron, Steve; Rider, Ernest; Spaulding, Leonard; Longstreet, Stephen; Stebel, Sid L.; Edwards, Harvey L.; Burton, Russ J.; Garfinkle, Louis A.; Lubin, Edward; Mori

Price: $25.00

Publisher: The Bards: 1950

Seller ID: 2262789


Edges lightly rubbed. 1950 Stapled Binding. 92 pp. Stapled binding. Ads precede and follow text. A mid-twentieth century collection of stories, including an early appearance by Ray Bradbury: he published stories in various magazines and journals beginning in 1938; but Fahrenheit 451, his first book not compiled from previously published stories, was not released until 1953 (The Martian Chronicles was a fix-up novel cobbled together from earlier stories, while Fahrenheit ... View more info

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Yeats at Work

By: Bradford, Curtis

Price: $22.00

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2205871


First edition. Ink name to front endpaper. Near fine.Jacket rubbed. 1965 Hard Cover. xix, 407 pp. CONTENTS: Preface; Part One - Poems: An Introduction - Poems from The Wind Among the Reeds - Words and The Wild Swans at Coole - Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen - The Tower, Section III, and Lullaby - Poems Written in the 1930's; Part Two - Plays: An Introduction - At the Hawk's Well - The Words upon the Window-pane - The Resurrection - A Full Moon in March - Purgatory; Part T... View more info

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The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

By: Brooks, David

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Random House: 2011

Edition: 4th Printing

Seller ID: 2196369


4th printing. Light edge wear. 2011 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. With unequaled insight and brio, David Brooks, the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bobos in Paradise, has long explored and explained the way we live. Now, with the intellectual curiosity and emotional wisdom that make his columns among the most read in the nation, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illum... View more info

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A Tour Through Sicily and Malta, in a Series of Letters to William Beckford, Esq. of Somerly in Suffolk; from P. Brydone, F.R.S.

By: Brydone, P. [Patrick]

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, in the Strand. / Strahan and Preston: 1806

Seller ID: 2198666


A New Edition.', complete in one volume (earlier editions were in two volumes). Later editions do not differ materially from the second. Includes fold-out map. Edges rubbed with minor loss from spine head, front joint split but holding at sewings, pencil name and address and two owner bookplates on front endpaper, odd notations to a half dozen pages towards beginning of text. 1806 Hard Cover. xii, 387 pp. 8vo. Large fold-out map of Sicily and Malta precedes title page. A... View more info

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The Letters of Lewis Carroll, in Two Volumes

By: Carroll, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]; Cohen, Morton N.; Green, Roger Lancelyn

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Clarkson N. Potter: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2262843


First edition. Includes publisher's slipcase. Books are in exceptional condition. Three small surface tears on front slipcase panel. 1979 Hard Cover. xxxviii; viii, 1245 pp. (numbered pages paginated continuously). A collection of letters by the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to various individuals, edited with a preface, biographical chronology, Dodgson family tree, documentation of the letters' ownership, etc., by Morton N. Cohen, with the assistance of Rog... View more info

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Critical Essays on Ford Madox Ford

By: Cassell, Richard A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: G.K. Hall & Co.: 1987

Seller ID: 2198955


No jacket. 1987 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. ix , 194 pp. Novelist, poet, literary critic, editor, a founding father of English Modernism, and one of the most significant novelists of the twentieth century, Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) was the author of over eighty books, editor of The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, and collaborator with Joseph Conrad on The Inheritors, Romance, and other works. His most famous novel is The Good ... View more info

Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma

By: Castillo, Ana

Price: $35.00

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270633


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1994 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xi, 238 pp. The I in these critical essays by novelist, poet, scholar, and activist/curandera Ana Castillo is that of the Mexic-Amerindian woman living in the United States. The essays are addressed to everyone interested in the roots of the colonized woman's reality. Castillo introduces the term Xicanisma in a passionate call for a politi... View more info

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The Selected Letters of Anton Chekhov

By: Chekhov, Anton; Hellman, Lillian; Lederer, Sidonie K.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Barnes & Noble: 2007

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2082754


An exceptional copy. 2007 Hard Cover. 2007 reissue of 1955 edition. Translated by Sidonie K. Lederer. Introduction by Lillian Hellman. A collection of letters divided into three time periods: Chekhov's early writing career; time spent at the prison colonies of Siberia and Sakhalin Island; and his final years. View more info

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A Hillside Harvest

By: Christman, Lansing; Carmer, Carl

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Hanover House: 1957

Seller ID: 2264257


Jacket lightly rubbed. 1957 Hard Cover. xii, 212 pp. From a lovely hillside farm in upper New York State, Lansing Christman writes of the peace and contentment that man can find in nature and her wonders. In these one hundred brief essays he will make you aware of the joys of country living--the wonderful and the commonplace--that we are often too busy to notice. View more info

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The Novels of Nadine Gordimer: History from the Inside

By: Clingman, Stephen

Price: $9.00

Publisher: The University of Massachusetts Press: 1992

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 1874202


Second edition. 1992 Trade Paperback. xxxvii, 276 pp. Includes a new prologue. A persuasive understanding of the relationship between literature and history. Penetrating readings of major political and social movements in South Africa and a turning point in the study of South African literature. View more info

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Between the World and Me

By: Coates, Ta-Nehisi

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau: 2015

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 2261897


A fine copy. 2015 Hard Cover. 152 pp. By the writer Marvel's Black Panther comic series. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of... View more info

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Sartre as Biographer

By: Collins, Douglas

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Harvard University Press: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1923409


First edition. Includes original jacket, lightly word on front.Very Good. 1980 Hard Cover. 220 pp. Since 1945 Sartre has devoted more pages to biography than to any other genre or subject. In this perceptive book, Douglas Collins analyzes Sartre's biographical enterprise, its place in his thought and development, and shows us much about Sartre and about biography in the 20th century. He examines Sartre's sources and locates his biographies in the history of ideas, discus... View more info

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Remember William Penn: 1644-1944 [with] Some Fruits of Solitude

By: Comfort, William W.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Pennsylvania Historical Commission: 1944

Seller ID: 2172387


Lacks jacket, small scrape to inner-front board. 1944 Hard Cover. xvii, 173; vi, 78 pp. A loving tribute to the founder of the state of Pennsylvania, together with Penn's own work 'Some Fruits of Solitude,' which is a collection of maxims. View more info

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Notes on Life & Letters

By: Conrad, Joseph

Price: $25.00

Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. / The Temple Press: 1921

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2197198


First edition. Boards lightly rubbed & faded, gilt of spine titles a bit faded, ink name on front endpaper. 1921 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 354 pp. 8vo. Selections from short works originally published in periodicals, published here in book form for the first time, by the author of The Heart of Darkness and numerous nautical stories. Includes: LETTERS: Books; Henry James; Alphonse Daudet; Guy de Maupassant; Anatole France; Turgenev; St... View more info

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Letters: Joseph Conrad to Richard Curle

By: Conrad, Joseph; Curle, Richard

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Crosby Gaige: 1928

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 2205947


Limited edition, one of 859 copies (850 were printed on rag paper, 9 on green paper - the former is offered here). Spine a bit toned. 1928 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 150 pp. 8vo. A collection of 150 letters written by the early modernist author Joseph Conrad (known for Heart of Darkness, The Secret Sharer, Nigger of the Narcissus, etc.) to his literary assistant and friend Richard Curle.KEYWORDS: LITERATURE LITERARY BIOGRAPHY LETTERS CORRES... View more info

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The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper Volume VI: 1849-1851

By: Cooper, James Fenimore; Beard, James Franklin (Editor)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge: 1968

Seller ID: 1787955


Includes original jacket. An exceptional copy.Near Fine. 1968 Hard Cover. ix, 460 pp. The sixth in a series of volumes presenting the personal papers of James Fenimore Cooper, famous for his Leatherstocking Tales featuring Natty Bumpo, which consisted of five stories (The Deerslayer; The Last of the Mohicans; The Pathfinder; The Pioneers; The Prairie). View more info

Women in a Man's World, Crying: Essays

By: Covington, Vicki

Price: $15.00

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2270602


First edition. A fine copy. 2002 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 160 pp. This collection of warm, heartfelt essays from award-winning novelist Vicki Covington chronicles the multitude of in between moments in the writer's life. These are her stolen moments in between the writing of four novels-Gathering Home, Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women; in between coauthoring the edgy memoir Cleaving: The Story of a Marr... View more info