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181 (Swinburne, Algernon Charles). Painter-Downes, Mollie AT THE PINES: Swinburne and Watts-Dunton in Putney
London: Hamish Hamilton, (1971). First edition. Hardcover. A few tiny scratches to upper page edge color, else a fine copy in a lightly age-toned illustrated dust jacket that shows some mild offsetting to the flaps. Jacket design by Craig Dodd based upon the drawing by Max Beerbohm. Illustrated. 
Painter-Downes recreates the daily life of the two old gents at the suburban house on Putney Hill where Swinburne had been spirited away by his fellow author and benefactor "from a life of brandy, rackety companions, and more complicated 'imprudences."' 
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182 (Taylor, Peter). McAlexander, Hubert H., editor CONVERSATIONS WITH PETER TAYLOR
Jackson and London: University Press of Mississippi, (1987). 0878053247 / 9780878053247 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Collection of fourteen interviews with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "American Chekhov." Index, chronology. In the UM's Literary Conversations Series. 
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183 (Tennyson, Alfred Lord). Jordan, Elaine ALFRED TENNYSON
Cambridge/New York/New Rochelle/Melbourne/Sydney: Cambridge University Press, (1988). 0521313376 / 9780521313377 First edition, first printing: trade paperback issue. In the Cambridge series: British and American Authors: Introductory Critical Studies. Trade Paperback. Mild yellowing to wraps, else a fine, unread copy in slick, illustrated wraps. 
Jordan examines Tennyson's uneasy position as a writer of the male middle-class ascendancy and shows how his poetry reveals ambivalent attitudes toward manliness, war, and nineteenth-century scientific rationality. 191 pages, including index. 
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184 (Thackeray, William Makepeace). Monsarrat, Ann AN UNEASY VICTORIAN: Thackeray the Man 1811-1863
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1980). 0396078664 / 9780396078661 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very pale age-toning to the endsheets, else a fine copy in gilt-stamped scarlet cloth; in an illustrated dust jacket that betrays a hint of rubbing. 
Lively, affectionate biography of the extraordinary author of VANITY FAIR and BARRY LYNDON. Illustrated with reproductions of period paintings, photos and drawings, and with Thackeray's own fresh and puckish doodles. Index, sources. 
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185 (Tolkien, J.R.R.) Carpenter, Humphrey TOLKIEN: A Biography
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977. 0395253608 / 9780395253601 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Tiny tiny dot of faint stain to lower page edges, else fine, as-new, in brown cloth with gilt and green foil stamping; in a very good plus, lightly rubbed, mildly soiled, somewhat age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
The authorized biography of the author of THE HOBBIT, LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION. [287] pages, indexed. Illustrated with photographs reproduced on coated stock inserts. 
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186 (Trevor, William). Morrison, Kristin WILLIAM TREVOR
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805770321 / 9780805770322 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in fine dust jacket. 
Comprehensive study of the Irish novelist and short story writer. Number 501 in Twayne's "English Authors" series. 
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187 (Twain, Mark). Hill, Hamlin MARK TWAIN: GOD'S FOOL
New York, Evanston, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row Publishers, (1973). 0060118938 / 9780060118938 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in golden brown cloth with gilt lettering; in a very nearly fine photo-pictorial dust jacket that shows a small sticker shadow to rear panel. 308 pages, including index. Illustrated with photographs reproduced on coated stock inserts. 
Narrative of the last ten years of Twain's life, based largely on papers at UC Berkeley, and bringing to light material previously unavailable or omitted, including the notebooks of Twain's secretary Isabel Lyon. "Appalling and fascinating."--H.N. Smith. 
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188 (Twain, Mark). Macnaughton, William R. MARK TWAIN'S LAST YEARS AS A WRITER
Columbia & London: University of Missouri Press, (1979). 0826202640 / 9780826202642 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in grey cloth, with darker grey spine lettering ; in a neatly price-clipped, otherwise fine pictorial dust jacket. 254 pages, including index. 
Calls for a reevaluation of the last years of Twain's career, citing superb individual sections of Twain's work left in unfinished manuscript, and skillfully written short stories and essays, many of which had hitherto attracted little critical attention. 
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189 (Valincour, Jean-Baptiste de). Williams, Charles G.S. VALINCOUR: The Limits of honnetete
Washington D.C. The Catholic University of America Press, (1991). 0813207215 / 9780813207216 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Investigation of the life and career of the 18th Century French government official and man of letters. Bibliography, index. 336 pp. 
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190 (Van Dine, S.S.) Loughrey, John ALIAS S.S. VAN DINE
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1992). 0684193582 / 9780684193588 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 296 pages; source notes, bibliography, and an index. Illustrated with photographic plates. 
Loughrey presents a well-researched, candid, contemporary, and objective assessment of Willard Huntington Wright, who under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine wrote the phenomenally successful Philo Vance detective novels of the 1920s. 
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191 (Verne, Jules). Lottman, Herbert R. JULES VERNE: An Exploratory Biography
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1996). 031214636-1 / 9780312146368 First edition in English. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Notes, index, bibliography. 
Biography of the father of science fiction from the critically acclaimed author of ALBERT CAMUS: A Biography. Lottman draws upon previously unpublished letters and papers in an effort to explore the dark side of the visionary writer. 
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192 (Villaurrutia, Xavier). Dauster, Frank XAVIER VILLAURRUTIA
New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., (1971). B0006C0F6Q First edition, first printing. Twayne's World Author Series 159. Hardcover. Fine, in brick-red binding, stamped in gilt; in a worn, good only dust jacket, with a penned note to front panel, sticker scar to lower spine panel, cello-taped label with the typed word ''signed'' to upper spine panel. 
First full-length study of the Mexican poet, critic and playwright (1903-1950). 155 pages, indexed. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by author Dauster. 
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193 (Wallace, Edgar) Lane, Margaret EDGAR WALLACE: The Biography of a Phenomenon
New York: Book League of America, Inc., 1939. Reprint. Hardcover. Lightly bumped lower corner tips, shelfwear to the edges, else a near fine copy. No dust jacket. 

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194 (Wallace, Edgar). Lane, Margaret EDGAR WALLACE: The Biography of a Phenomenon
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., (1939). First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good plus in terra cotta cloth with wear at the spine ends, a dot of dampstain fade to upper page edge tint; lacking dust jacket. 423 pages, including index. Illustrated with photographs reproduced on coated stock inserts. 
Lane was married to Bryan Wallace, the eldest son of Edgar Wallace. "A careful and well-received biography of her eccentric father-in-law."--bookrags. The standard resource about "the flamboyant and popular British novelist." 
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195 (Welch, Denton). De-La-Noy, Michael DENTON WELCH: The Making of a Writer
(Middlesex/New York/Victoria/Ontario/Auckland: Viking, (1984). 0670800562 / 9780670800568 First edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in dust jacket decorated with a reproduction of a Welch self-portrait. Illustrated with photographs printed on coated stock. 
Using original source material from the University of Texas, hundreds of letters from the U.S. and the U.K., De-La-Noy reconstructs the mosaic of Welch's life and works; the author/artist was hailed by Edith Sitwell as "that rare being, a born writer." 
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196 (Wells, H.G.) Coren, Michael THE INVISIBLE MAN: The Life and Liberties of H.G. Wells
New York: Atheneum, 1993. 0689121199 / 9780689121197 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs printed on coated stock. Indexed. 
Revisionist biography of Wells, drawing upon new material which, according to the publisher, "delves deep into the paradoxes that characterized Wells...the epitome of liberal tolerance who was also a social engineer and thoroughgoing anti-Semite." 
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197 (Wells, H.G.) Mackenzie, Norman and Jeanne H.G. WELLS: A Biography
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1973). 671215205 First edition. Hardcover. Small area of mild erasure fade to colored endsheet, hint of wear and soiling, else near fine in black cloth lettered in gilt to the spine; in lightly age-toned and edgeworn dust jacket. Index, references, bibliography. 
Massive biographical study, as befits the massive influence of its protean subject, whose contributions--to literature, to the dialogue about the moral consequences of science and of politics, and to genre and popular fiction--are still being measured. 
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198 (Wells, H.G.) Murray, Brian H.G. WELLS
New York: Continuum, (1990). 0826404685 / 9780826404688 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A compact critical biography called by reviewers, "crisp, clear, and entertaining..." and "admirably clear and direct." Bibliography, notes, index. A Frederick Ungar book. 
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199 (Wells, H.G.) Wells, G.P., editor H.G. WELLS IN LOVE: Postscript to an Experiment in Autobiography
London: Faber and Faber, (1984). 0571133290 / 9780571133291 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs printed on coated stock. Index. 
The secret final volume of Wells's autobiography, too frank to be published in his lifetime, first saw print in this 1984 volume, along with "Introduction to THE BOOK OF CATHERINE WELLS," Wells's account of his marriage; edited and introduced by his son. 
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200 (Wells, H.G.) Vallentin, Antonina H.G. WELLS: Prophet of Our Day
New York: The John Day Company, (1950). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very good plus with mild foxing to the page edges; bound in red cloth, gilt-lettered to the spine, with Wells bust device embossed in blind to the front cover; in a moderately rubbed, nicked, and age-toned pictorial dust jacket. 
"A lively biography, in Gallic vein..." claim the publishers. Translated from the original French by Daphne Woodward. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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