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41 (Cocteau, Jean). Brown, Frederick IMPERSONATION OF ANGELS: A biography of Jean Cocteau
New York: Viking, (1968). First edition. Hardcover. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. 

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42 (Cowley, Malcolm). Young, Thomas Daniel, editor CONVERSATIONS WITH MALCOLM COWLEY
Jackson and London: University Press of Mississippi, (1986). 0878052909 / 9780878052905 First edition. In the Literary Conversations Series. Hardcover. Fine in pale terra cotta cloth; in a fine, photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Collection of twenty-one unabridged conversations with the revered editor, poet, literary historian, and critic, conducted by a variety of interviewers. Four interviews are published here for the first time. Indexed. 
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43 (Crane, Stephen). Holton, Milne CYLINDER OF VISION: The Fiction and Journalistic Writings of Stephen Crane
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, (1972). 0807100455 / 9780807100455 First edition. Hardcover. About near fine, in red cloth stamped in silver to the spine; in a price-clipped dust jacket that is edgeworn, rubbed, nicked at the edges (with attendant minor creasing), and shows a small chip to rear panel, some fading to spine panel. 
Comprehensive overview of Crane's short but intense career, with an extended consideration of Crane's masterwork, THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. Notes, references, index. 353pp. 
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44 (De Quincey, Thomas). Whale, John C. THOMAS DEQUINCEY'S RELUCTANT AUTOBIOGRAPHY
London & Sydney: Croom Helm, (1984). 070993615X / 9780709936152 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in black textured boards with gilt titles and devices to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. 
A critical study analyzing the techniques of De Quincey's literary artistry and the journalistic approach De Quincey uses to present his autobiographical experience. 245 pages; conclusion; select biography; and index. 
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45 (Dickens, Charles). Hewett, Edward & Axton, W.F. CONVIVIAL DICKENS: The Drinks of Dickens and his Times
Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, (1983). 0821407015 / 9780821407011 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. Small quarto. 
Drinking customs of our Victorian grandsires, keyed to scenes of imbibing in the life, works, and times of "Boz." Blended with over 130 authentic Victorian drink recipes and laced with dozens of exuberant period illustrations by Cruikshank et alia. 
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46 (Dickens, Charles). Smith, Grahame CHARLES DICKENS: A Literary Life
(New York, N.Y.): St. Martin's Press. Inc., (1996). 031212919X / 9780312129194 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in black boards with gilt titles to the spine; in a near fine dust jacket with a small minor crease to the upper edge of the rear panel. 
A volume in the Literary Lives series that offers stimulating accounts of the literary careers of English-language authors. Smith shows through extensive research and analysis how Dickens wrote to increase his reader market. 190 pages; notes; and index. 
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47 (Disraeli, Benjamin). Edited by Helen Langley BENJAMIN DISRAELI: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life
(Oxford): Bodleian Library/University of Oxford, (2003). 1851240942 / 9781851240944 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Minor bumping to shelf edges, else fine, in black cloth with gilt spine lettering; in a fine, illustrated dust jacket. Printed throughout on coated stock. 
Six essays on central themes in Disraeli's personal and public life, a catalogue focusing on key stepping stones in Disraeli's life, including his career as a novelist. Illustrated in b&w and color. Produced to accompany an exhibition at the Bodleian. 
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48 (Doctorow, E.L.) Parks, John G. E.L. DOCTOROW
New York: Continuum/A Frederick Ungar Book, (1991). 082640488X / 9780826404886 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in a mildly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Biographical-critical study of the author of RAGTIME begins with an overview of Doctorow's life and career followed by a consideration of each of his major works, from WELCOME TO HARD TIMES to BILLY BATHGATE. Notes, bibliography, index. 156 pages. 
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49 (Dostoevsky, Fyodor). Magarshack, David DOSTOEVSKY: First Love
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., (1961). B0007ECZS4 First edition, first printing: limited edition. Hardcover. Tiny tear to half-title at lower staple, discoloration to spine and adjacent area of upper rear cover, wear to cover fore-edges, thus about near fine; in textured paper-over-boards with gilt lettered and ruled tan cloth shelfback; no dust jacket. 
Excerpt from Magarshack's then-upcoming biography of the Russian writer (published in 1962), distributed as New Year's greeting to "friends of the author and publisher." 32 pages. 
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50 (Dunsany, Lord). Littlefield, Hazel LORD DUNSANY: King of Dreams, A Personal Portrait
New York: Exposition Press, (1959). B0007DO7EA First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very nearly fine, in orange binding with brown lettering; in a lightly worn about near fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. [148] pages; illustrated with photographs reproduced on coated stock inserts in a central gallery. 
"It is a strange and well-nigh incredible fact that this man, who combined in himself the qualities of warrior, adventurer and sportsman with those of the bard and seer, has not hitherto been the subject of any biography."--Stanton Coblentz, foreword. 
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51 (Durant, Mary). Cooney, Eleanor DEATH IN SLOW MOTION: My Mother's Descent into Alzheimer's
(New York): HarperCollins Publishers, (2003). 0066213967 / 9780066213965 First edition: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
"Cooney's account of her mother, of love and despair and difficulty--but love above all--makes a most gripping, moving, and sensitive book. I hope it will be read."--John Bayley. 
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52 (Eliot, T.S.) Matthews, T.S. GREAT TOM: Notes Toward a Definition of T.S. Eliot
New York/Evanston/San Francisco/London: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1974). 0060128380 / 9780060128388 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very very nearly fine, only a whisper of fading at the edges of the brown cloth covers; in an age-toned, illustrated dust jacket. 
Biography of the expatriate poet by the expatriate editor of TIME and NEW REPUBLIC. Illustrated with photographs printed on coated stock inserts in a central gallery. Indexed. 
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53 (Esquiros, Alphonse). Zielonka, Anthony ALPHONSE ESQUIROS (1812-1876): A Study of His Works
Paris-Geneve: Champion-Slatkine, 1985. 2051006970 / 9782051006972 First edition. Yellow ghosts from several sticker removals to the back cover, else a fine copy in pictorial stiff wraps. 
Alphonse Esquiros was one of the most prolific and interesting members of the group of writers who are referred to as "Les Petits Romantiques." He pursued an active literary career and became deeply involved in socialist and republican politics. 
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54 (Faulkner, William). Blotner, Joseph FAULKNER: A Biography, Volume One & Volume Two
New York: Random House, (1974). 039447452X / 9780394474526 First edition, second printings. Two-volume set in maroon cloth, with photo-pictorial dust jackets. Hardcover. A near fine to fine set: Volume One has a remainder mark to the lower page edges and a few scratches to the rear panel; Volume Two has a faint remainder mark to the top page edges, else fine; in slightly nicked and very lightly shelfworn dust jackets. 
William Faulkner's life and work--with over 100 illustrations: photographs, drawings, facsimiles, notes and index, chronology, and genealogy. Remains the quintessential resource on the Nobel laureate's life and work. 1846 pages; plus 269 pages of notes. 
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55 (Fern, Fanny). Walker, Nancy A. FANNY FERN
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805739815 / 9780805739817 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. Octavo. [137] pages. Notes and References, Selected Bibliography, and an Index. 
Fanny Fern was the pseudonym of Sara Willis Parton. She was a popular American columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children's stories in the 1850s-1870s. Twayne's United States Authors Series: TUSAS 616. 
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56 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott). Bryer, Jackson R. THE CRITICAL REPUTATION OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: A Bibliographical Study
(Hamden, Connecticut): Archon Books, 1967. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Tiny dots of faint stain to fore-edge, else a near fine copy in maroon cloth with gilt spine lettering; in a lightly age-toned, mildly edgeworn pictorial dust jacket. 
Arranged chronologically in sections thus: Reviews of Books by Fitzgerald; Articles About; Books and Book Sections About; Foreign Books and Articles About; Graduate Research. Chronology, checklist of first Fitzgerald appearances; index. 434 pages. 
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57 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott). Graham, Sheila and Frank, Gerald BELOVED INFIDEL: The Education of a Woman
New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1958). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very faint crease to spine, mild spine slant, small patch of pale stain to page 244, a very good plus copy; in a price-clipped dust jacket that shows some mild rubbing, faint age-toning. 
The Hollywood columnist's candid and revealing memoir, highlighting her romance with F. Scott Fitzgerald near the end of his life. Illustrated with photos printed on coated stock inserts. Filmed in 1959 with Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr. 
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58 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott). Mizener, Arthur SCOTT FITZGERALD
(London): Thames and Hudson, (1987). 0500260249 / 9780500260241 First paperback edition. Trade Paperback. Fine in color-illustrated, slick wraps. A trade-sized paperback. 128 pp. 135 illustrations. Bibliography, notes, index. 
Mizener wrote the first full-scale biography of Fitzgerald, and here offers a fresh look at the Jazz Age spokesman's life and works, generously illustrated with reproductions of contemporary photographs from all stages of Fitzgerald's career. 
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59 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott). Ring, Frances Kroll AGAINST THE CURRENT: As I Remember Him
(Berkeley, California): Creative Arts Book Company/Donald S. Ellis, Publisher, 1987. 0887390153 / 9780887390159 First paperback edition. Fine, as-new, in wraps. 
Memoir by the writer's secretary during his last twenty months. "An all-encompassing image of F. Scott Fitzgerald in the winter of his life."--SF Chronicle. "Like a rediscovered snapshot, bringing a legendary figure into brief, vivid focus."--LA Times. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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60 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott). Ring, Frances Kroll; Foreword by A. Scott Berg AGAINST THE CURRENT: As I Remember F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Berkeley, California): Creative Arts Book Company, 1985. 0887390013 / 9780887390012 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in maroon boards with spine titles gilt; in a lightly rubbed, price-clipped, near fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. Small octavo. [155] pages; photos, facsimiles of letters and book inscriptions. 
A "frankly admiring and respectful memoir" of F. Scott Fitzgerald by his secretary Frances Kroll, who played a vital role during the last difficult twenty months of the author's life. "This is Fitzgerald--writer, boss, father, husband, friend--at home." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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