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201 (Lurie, Alison). Costa, Richard Hauer ALISON LURIE
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1992). First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The first book-length study of Lurie's major work, such asTHE WAR BETWEEN THE TATES and the Pulitzer Prize-winning FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Twayne's United States Authors Series #602. 112 pages including an index. 
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202 (Macdonald, Ross). Bruccoli, Matthew J. ROSS MACDONALD
San Diego, California: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, (1984). 0156790823 / 9780156790826 First edition: trade paperback issue. Hardcover. Covers and spine quite faded, else a very good plus copy in illustrated glossy wraps. Fully illustrated with portraits, facsimiles of manuscripts, and dust jacket and paperback art. 
Although Ross Macdonald's adult life was outwardly placid and uneventful, Matthew Bruccoli skillfully reveals him to be enigmatic and complex as the stories for which he is remembered. 147 pages; appendix, notes, bibliography, and an index. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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203 (Magnin, Rabbi Edgar F.) Matthew, Brander, edited with introduction and notes THE SHORT-STORY: Specimens Illustrating Its Development
New York/Cincinnati/Chicago: American Book Company, (1907). First edition. Dated (Feb. 1911) ownership signature of [Rabbi] Edgar F. Magnin to the front endpaper. Hardcover. Top page edges lightly dust soiled, mild fading to the spine, else a near fine copy in maroon cloth lettered in the blind to the front cover; gilt titles and rules to the spine; no dust jacket. 399 pages; appendix. 
For nearly 69 years, Rabbi Magnin served his 2,500 family congregation at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles. In addition, he ministered to a city, earning a reputation as "the father figure of Los Angeles." This is an early school text. 
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204 (Mailer, Norman). Rollyson, Carl THE LIVES OF NORMAN MAILER
New York: Paragon House, (1991). 1557781931 / 9781557781932 Second printing of the first U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket decorated with a color photo-portrait of Mailer. 
"A low-keyed objective narrative of the novelist and journalist from enfant terrible to grizzled sexagenarian...A very good read."--Leon Edel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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205 (Mander, Jane). Turner, Dorothea JANE MANDER
New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., (1972). First edition. Twayne World Authors Series #178. Hardcover. Fine with gilt lettering and device to front cover and spine; in a printed dust jacket with a few small closed edge tears, mild soiling and rubbing. 164 pages, chronology, notes and references, bibliography, index. 
An appraisal of Mander's novels, who is generally considered to be New Zealand's first great fiction writer, from her debut novel THE STORY OF A NEW ZEALAND RIVER in 1920 through her death in 1949. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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206 (Mansfield, Katherine). Daly, Saralyn R. KATHERINE MANSFIELD: Revised Edition
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1994). 0805770569 / 9780805770568 First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A study of the Bloomsbury group author's work informed by a collection of letters between the author and her husband, editor and critic John Middleton Murray. Twayne's English Authors Series #23. 149 pages including bibliography and index. 
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207 (Mathews, Harry). Leamon, Warren HARRY MATHEWS
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1984). 0805740082 / 9780805740080 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The first full-scale critical study of Mathews, placing him in the traditions of Joyce, Eliot, Firbank and Graves. Twayne's United States Authors series #628. 127 pages; with an index. 
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208 (Matthiessen, Peter). Dowie, William PETER MATTHIESSEN
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1991). 0805776354 / 9780805776355 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
An introduction to Matthiessen, founder of the PARIS REVIEW, and an in-depth study of virtually all his works. Twayne's United States Authors Series #587. 152 pages with index. 
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209 (Maugham, W. Somerset). Curtis, Anthony THE PATTERN OF MAUGHAM: A Critical Portrait
London: Hamish Hamilton, (1974). 0241024811 / 9780241024812 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, a bright fresh copy, in green boards with gilt spine stamping; in a mildly age-toned, price-clipped dust jacket. Portrait of Maugham to jacket and frontispiece by Edouard MacAvoy. 
On the centenary of Maugham's birth, Curtis takes a look W.S.M.'s work as a whole and discovers in it a remarkably coherent pattern as well as an astonishing versatility. Bibliography, notes, index. 
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210 (Maugham, W. Somerset). Loss, Archie K. OF HUMAN BONDAGE: Coming of Age in the Novel
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1990). 080578067X / 9780805780673 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in an illustrated dust jacket, with jacket art a detail of ''Cliff Dwellers'' by George Bellows. Chronology of Maugham's life and works, notes, bibliography, index. 
Maugham's novel of 1915, that follows the life of Philip Carey, is analyzed by Loss, who also discusses the film version. The text is viewed through the life story of the author, as well as the literary context of the pre-war period. 
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211 (Mauriac, Francois). O'Connell, David FRANCOIS MAURIAC REVISITED
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1995). First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A lucid, jargon-free introduction to Mauriac, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, updating Maxwell Smith's well-received FRANCOIS MAURIAC. Twayne's World Author Series #844. 
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212 (McCarthy, Mary). Gelderman, Carol MARY MCCARTHY: A Life
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1988). First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A biography of the woman at the center of American intellectual life for over half a century, describing her four marriages, political awakening, and literary career. 430 pages with index. Out-of-print. 
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213 (Melville, Herman). Dryden, Edgar A. MELVILLE'S THEMATICS OF FORM: The Great Art of Telling the Truth
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, (1981). 0801826195 / 9780801826191 First trade paperback edition. Trade Paperback. Fine, in illustrated wraps. 
"This well-written, closely reasoned study...is not only a major work on Melville, but also a fresh inquiry inot the whole genre. Highly recommended."--Library Journal. 226 pages, including index. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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214 (Melville, Herman). Miller, Edwin Haviland MELVILLE
New York: A Venture Book/George Braziller, Inc., (1975). 0807607878 / 9780807607879 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that exhibits some light rubbing and wear. 
"The fullest account of the Hawthorne-Melville relationship we have...it may well be one of the most delicate uses of psychobiographic method in nineteenth century American literary criticism."--Michael J. Colacurcio. 382 pages, including index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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215 (Mencken, H.L.). Alfred A. Knopf, editor MENCKENIANA: A Schimpflexikon
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. First edition. Hardcover. Light rubbing to upper and lower spine extremities, very mild soiling to the covers, else very good plus to near fine in orange cloth with titles and devices on gilt panels and with rules to the front cover and spine, top page edges gilt; no dust jacket. 
A collection of articles gathered from newspapers, periodicals and pamphlets in which H.L. Mencken was the target of verbal slings and arrows. Mencken's harsh wit inspired a mountainous return of creatively spiked and venomous criticism. 132 pages. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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216 (Metcalf, John). Cameron, Barry JOHN METCALF
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1986). First edition. Hardcover. Fine without dust jacket 
A study of Metcalf's fiction, focusing on the Canadian writer's ways of manipulating the conventions of language. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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217 (Michener, James A.) Hayes, John P. JAMES A. MICHENER: A Biography
Indianapolis/New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., (1984). Second printing. Hardcover. Lower corner tips very lightly bumped, else a near fine copy in a lightly rubbed and nicked dust jacket. 
Biography of the enduringly popular novelist, produced with Michener's cooperation. Illustrated with photographs. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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218 (Milton, John). Kurth, Burton O. MILTON AND CHRISTIAN HEROISM: Biblical Epic Themes and Forms in Seventeenth-Century England
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1959. First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original. Trade Paperback. Very nearly fine, with minor corner creases to rear cover; in printed, perfectbound wraps. 
152 pages, including appendices, bibliography, index. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by the author. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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219 (Montaigne, Michel de). Regosin, Richard L. THE MATTER OF MY BOOK: Montaigne's Essais as the Book of the Self
Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, (1977). 0520034767 / 9780520034761 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in bright green cloth with black spine titles; in a price-clipped, else fine dust jacket. [275] pages, including Notes, Bibliography, Index, Index of Essays. 
Analyzes the complex relationship between Montaigne's "self" and the formal characteristics of the essays. Form, subjectivity, and history are considered as part of a dynamic and multi-layered textual system. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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220 (Montgomery, L.M.). Wiggins, Genevieve L.M. MONTGOMERY
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1992). 0805739807 / 9780805739800 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. Octavo. 191 pages; notes, bibliography, and an index. 
In this first comprehensive critical study of the author of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, Wiggins traces the lives and careers of the author and her beloved Anne. #834 in Twayne's World Author Series (Children's Literature). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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