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141 (O'Hara, John). Wolff, Geoffrey THE ART OF BURNING BRIDGES: A Life of John O'Hara
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2003. 0679427716 / 9780679427711 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 373 pages; notes, bibliography, and an index. Illustrated with 8 pages of photos. 
"Though his fiction once won high praise from both Fitzgerald and Hemingway, O'Hara now shares little of their literary fame. Biographer and novelist Wolff would like to change that with this masterful study of O'Hara's life and works."--B. Christensen. 
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142 (Orwell, George). Taylor, D.J. ORWELL: The Life
New York: A John Macrae Book/Henry Holt and Company, (2003). 0805074732 / 9780805074734 First U.S. edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. All corners and spine edges bumped, else very good plus in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. Includes 8 black-and-white photographic plates. 466 pages; appendices, notes, index. 
Drawing from a large body of previously unseen papers and many interviews with friends and acquaintances, Taylor cuts through the iconic status in which Orwell is often held and reveals a man full of uncertainty and contradictions. 
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143 (Orwell, Sonia). Spurling, Hilary THE GIRL FROM THE FICTION DEPARTMENT: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell
New York: Counterpoint/A Member of the Perseus Book Group, (2003). 1582432430 / 9781582432434 First U.S. edition: Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 194 pages. Illustrated with photos. 
Hilary Spurling strives to set the record straight in this biography of Sonia Orwell--wife and widow of George Orwell who was reviled by fans of her husband who have painted her as a conniving gold digger lacking interest in her husband's creative genius. 
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144 (Pasternak, Boris). Rudova, Larissa UNDERSTANDING BORIS PASTERNAK
(Columbia, South Carolina): University of South Carolina Press, (1997). 1570031436 / 9781570031434 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in red faux-leather with gilt titles to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. 211 pages; chronology; notes; select bibliography; general index; and index of works. 
Pasternak was selected in this series of studies on world authors, not just for his only novel DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, but principally for his major ranking as a great Russian poet. An introduction to the author's life and works. 
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145 (Peters, Ellis). Lewis, Margaret EDITH PARGETER: ELLIS PETERS
(Midglamorgan, Wales): Seren, (1994). 1854111280 / 9781854111289 First edition, first printing. SIGNED by the author, Margaret Lewis. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. Octavo. 150 pages. Frontispiece map and photographic plates. 
This book in the Border Lines series proves to be an admirable and incisive guide to the two faces of the prolific and popular author, Edith Pargeter, who is better known as Ellis Peters--the author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. Scarce. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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146 (Poe, Edgar Allan). Madsen, David BLACK PLUME: The Suppressed Memoirs of Edgar Allan Poe
(London): Grafton Books, (1991). 0586209816 / 9780586209813 First U.K. edition: A Grafton UK Original. Absolutely perfect, unread, as-new, mint copy in illustrated wraps, with sensational montage-style cover portrait of Poe by Ian Miller. 
Fictional memoir recreates Poe's strange marriage to a child-bride, his alcohol addiction, his agonizing battle against his sensual nature, and involves the writer in solving a series of shocking murders beyond even his own tortured imaginings. 
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147 (Pound, Ezra). Carpenter, Humphrey A SERIOUS CHARACTER: The Life of Ezra Pound
London & Boston: Faber and Faber, (1988). 0571147860 / 9780571147861 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-illustrated dust jacket. Thick quarto. 1005 pages; appendices; indexed. Illustrated with photographs. 
Massive and fully documented biography that carefully scrutinizes and often takes issue with the accepted valuation of Pound's achievements and personality. 
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London: Oxford University Press, 1961. B0007KB6Q0 First edition, first printing. From the library of noted bookman, Lawrence Clark Powell with his dated ownership signature to the front endpaper. Hardcover. Fine in dark caramel cloth with gilt spine titling; in a printed dust jacket that shows some toning to the spine panel. Small octavo. Edited with notes by Evelyn Hardy and Robert Gittings. 
After the death of his first wife, Emma, Hardy found a manuscript copy of her recollections which inspired from him an outpouring of poems about her. Here are the recollections and the poems, illustrated with a number of sketches, drawings and photos. 
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149 (Proust, Marcel). Cattaui, Georges MARCEL PROUST
London: The Merlin Press, (1967). 0850360471 / 9780850360479 First U.K. edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
125 pages; bibliography and chronology. Translated by Ruth Hall. With a foreword: "The Life and After-Life of Marcel Proust" by P. de Boisdeffre. 
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150 (Puig, Manuel). Tittler, Jonathan MANUEL PUIG
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805782893 / 9780805782899 First edition, first printing. Volume 836 in Twayne's World Author series. Hardcover. Fine in green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine; in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 152 pages, frontispiece b&w photograph of Puig, chronology, notes and references, selected bibliography, and an index. 
A biographical and literary examination of the Argentine author who is best known in the United States for his novel KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film and a Tony-winning Broadway musical. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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151 (Rand, Ayn). Branden, Nathaniel JUDGMENT DAY: My Years with Ayn Rand
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989. 0395461073 / 9780395461075 First edition. Hardcover. Very small label scar and penned date to pastedown, else a near fine copy in a mildly age-toned dust jacket. 
Rand and Branden's passionate affair of the heart and the mind was recently chronicled in a TV biopic starring Helen Mirren as the controversial writer-philosopher who was 25 years Branden's senior. This is Branden's version of events. 
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152 (Rand, Ayn). Branden, Nathaniel JUDGMENT DAY: My Years with Ayn Rand
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989. 0395461073 / 9780395461075 First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in a lightly age-toned dust jacket. 
Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden were associated for nearly two decades before their explosive break; Rand was Branden's lover, mentor, friend, and, finally, enemy. Here, the psychologist/author answers "What really happened between you and Ayn Rand?" 
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153 (Raskin, Ellen). Olson, Marilynn Strasser ELLEN RASKIN
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1991). 0805776273 / 9780805776270 First edition, first printing. Twayne United States Authors Series (Children's Literature), #579. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket with photo-portrait of Raskin to the front panel, repeated as a frontispiece. Notes, bibliography, index. 
A warm appreciation and probing analysis of the illustrator/author, perhaps best known for her "puzzle mysteries." Raskin won the Newbery for THE WESTING GAME, and her FIGGS & PHANTOMS was a 1975 Newbery Honor Book. Illustrated with photos and figures. 
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154 (Rhys, Jean). Angier, Carole JEAN RHYS: Life and Work
Boston/Toronto/London: Little, Brown and Company, (1990). 0316042633 / 9780316042635 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a photo-pictorial dust jacket. Notes, bibliography, photo-illustrations. 
Massive (762-page) biography of the "gifted but tormented" novelist, whose first literary success came at age 76 with WIDE SARGASSO SEA. Angier was a co-screenwriter of the 1996 film adaptation of Rhys' potent prequel to JANE EYRE. 
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155 (Rogers, Will). Rollins, Peter C. WILL ROGERS: A Biobibliography
Westport, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Press, (1984). 0313226334 / 9780313226335 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in tan cloth with black stamping; no dust jacket, as issued.a solid biography of the entertainer-philosopher. 
"Solid biography" with "reference material, ranging from a filmography and an annotated radio log to a comprehensive bibliography, a listing of available commercial recordings, and a detailed description of the major archival holdings."--Choice. 
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156 (Roland, Gilbert). Ackroyd, Peter THE LAST TESTAMENT OF OSCAR WILDE
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1983). 0060151870 / 9780060151874 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Tiny dots of stain to fore-edge, else fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Fictional life of Wilde by the highly regarded biographer and novelist. This copy from film star Gilbert Roland's library, SIGNED by Roland to the pastedown, bearing his blind stamp to the free endsheet, and with a gift note SIGNED by Ann Warner laid in. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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157 (Sandburg, Carl). Golden, Harry CARL SANDBURG
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, (1961). B0006AWZAW First edition, first printing. Tan cloth with gilt lettering and rules, maroon spine block and cover portrait of Sandburg; photo-pictorial jacket Hardcover. Substantial offsetting to front end paper else near fine, in a very good plus, mildly age-toned, price-clipped dust jacket with light nicking to upper spine edge, light shelfwear. 
"Harry Golden greatly admired and loved Carl Sandburg, and the feeling was indeed mutual. Golden's anecdotal account is both an engaging portrait of Sandburg and a tribute to their friendship." Illustrated with photographs. 287 pages, including index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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158 (Saroyan, William). Lee, Lawrence & Barry Gifford SAROYAN: A Biography
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1984). 0060151412 / 9780060151416 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 338 pages; chronology, notes, bibliography, and an index. Illustrated with photos. 
"A well-rounded, objective account of the life and character of this much-admired, much-maligned man. . . . Gifford and Lee let their research do the talking, largely eschewing judgment in order to build a documentary mosaic of testimony. . . ."--SFC. 
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159 (Sartre, Jean-Paul). Boschetti, Anna THE INTELLECTUAL ENTERPRISE: Sartre and Les Temps Modernes
Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern Univ. Press, (1988). First edition. Hardcover. Fine without dust jacket. 
The first English translation of Boschetti's study of Sartre's dominance over the French intellectual life of his day, comparing Sartre' stature in his own time to Hugo's and Voltaire's in theirs. 279 pages including an index. 
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160 (Sayers, Dorothy L.) Hall, Trevor H. DOROTHY L. SAYERS: Nine Literary Studies
(Hamden, Connecticut): Archon Books, 1980. 0208018778 / 9780208018779 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Two illustrations on coated stock inserts: frontis reproduces a page from the programme of the first performance of BUSMANS' HOLIDAY; second illo is a Strand Magazine frontis for "The Iron Circlet." 
Hall investigates, detective-fashion, a number of literary mysteries re: Ms. Sayers, including: a comparison of Wimsey and Holmes, Sayers' opinion of and works on Doyle, little-known facts about her husband, and other intriguing bio and biblio titbits. 
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