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1 Adams, Douglas The Salmon of Doubt Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
UK Macmillan 2002 Hardcover Excellent Excellent 24.5cm 
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time is a posthumous collection of previously published and unpublished material by Douglas Adams. It consists largely of essays about technology and life experiences, but its major selling point is the inclusion of the incomplete novel on which Adams was working at the time of his death, The Salmon of Doubt (from which the collection gets its title, a reference to the Celtic myth of the Salmon of Wisdom). 299pp 
Price: 24.00 AUD
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2 Berg, A. Scott Max Perkins, Portrait of an Editor of Genius & of the Literary Giants he Assembled
Macdonald Futura Publishers 1981 Paperback Excellent None issued 17.5cm 
640 well bound pages. Biography of Max Perkins, a genius without parallel. A finder of authors, a spotter of talent, who discovered the great American literary giants of the 1930s and 1940s. Perkins was noted for his courtesy and thoughtfulness. He also recognized skilled writing wherever he found it and nursed along writers as few editors did. Apart from his roles as coach, friend, and promoter, Perkins was unusual among editors for the close and detailed attention he gave to books, and for what the novelist Vance Bourjaily called his "infallible sense of structure." Although he never pretended to be an artist himself, Perkins could often see where an author ought to go more clearly than the writer did. An excellent work of biography. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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3 Burns Edward (ed) LETTERS OF ALICE B. TOKLAS, STAYING ON ALONE
USA Liveright 1973 1st Hardcover Very Good Very Good 23.5cm 
This book from a US county library but may have been a reference work rather than a lending copy, reference card at rear, id on spine, plastic wrap, VGood condition. Clean pages. Clean, unclipped jacket. 426 well bound pages with bw photos throughout. Edited by Edward Burns, intro by Gilbert Harrison. review - Gertrude Stein died in 1946, 20 years before Alice B. Toklas met her own end - - the personal letters in this nicely illustrated volume (over 400 pages) are chiefly the ones that Alice wrote to numerous people of note subsequent to Stein's death. The earlier-period Toklas letters are not included here. Toklas was a remarkable lady and one would be hard-pressed to unearth a friend who was more devoted to her companion. Anyone who said something negative about Stein was immediately relegated to Toklas' lengthy S***-list. Much of the correspondence here (maybe 40%) was sent to her mentor of sorts, Carl Van Vechten and his lovely wife Fania. Other letters went to people like Sir Francis Rose, Brion Gysin, and so on, often yielding unique insights on Stein's and Toklas' numerous acquaintances and friends such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Virgil Thomson, and many other people of historical significance. Documentation of the escalating feud between Toklas and the Stein family subsequent to Gertrude's death also provides great trivial fodder for the reader's consumption. For fans of the two ladies, however, this book is a treasure trove of "hot gossip" and insight on Toklas' compelling personality. 
Price: 45.00 AUD
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4 Dowrick, Stephanie In the Company of Rilke: Why a 20th-Century Visionary Poet Speaks So Eloquently to 21st-Century Readers
Allen & Unwin 2006 Paperback Excellent None issued 23.5cm Inscription and Signature of Author
In the Company of Rilke is a rare book about a rare poet. Rainer Maria Rilke was a giant of twentieth-century writing who remains a visionary voice for our own time, captivating readers not only with his brilliance but also his fearlessness about the "deepest things." Speaking through his own contradictions and ambivalences, he gives readers a profound understanding of the complex beauty of human existence. review >>> I have not had much experience of poetry, but am finding Stephanie's commentary and elucidations have great clarity. I guess you would have to describe this book as deeply spiritual but you may be amazed at how much you appreciate and agree with. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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5 Drinkwater, John (ed) & Shipp, Horace (rev) The Outline Of Literature
UK George Newnes 1966 Hardcover Very Good Very Good 24cm 
872pp, approx 1.5kg to post The Outline Of Literature, edited by John Drinkwater and revised by Horace Shipp. Covers the history of literature from the earliest times (in overview) through to World War II with some less detailed overviews of 50's authors added in by Shipp. Quite in-depth and covers European and American authors as well as giving an overview of Greek and Roman works. Chapters on; *THE FIRST BOOK IN THE WORLD *HOMER *THE BIBLE *SACRED BOOKS OF THE EAST*GREEK MYTH AND THE POETS *GREECE AND ROME *THE MIDDLE AGES *THE RENAISSANCE *SHAKESPEARE TO MILTON *MARVELL AND WALTON *JOHN BUNYAN*PAPYS, DRYDEN, AND THE RESTORATION DRAMATISTS *FRENCH LITERATURE (through different ages) *POPE, ADDISON, STEELE, SWIFT *THE RISE OF THE NOVEL *18th CENTURY POETS *DR. JOHNSON AND HIS CIRLE *EDWARD GIBBON AND OTHER 18th CENTURY PROSE-WRITERS *ROBERT BURNS *LITERATURE THAT MADE THE REVOLUTION *GOETHE, SCHILLER, AND LESSING *WORDSWORTH, COLERIDGE, SOTHEY, AND BLAKE *BYRON, SHELLEY, KEATS *SCOTT, DUMAS, AND HUGO *EARLY 19th-CENTURY ESSAYISTS*VICTORIAN POETS and NOVELISTS *DICKENS AND THACKERAY *NEW ENGLAND WRITERS*THE 19th CENTURY FRENCH WRITERS *THE GREAT VICTORIANS *MODERN WRITERS, AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN * LATER VICTORIANS *DRAMATIC LITERATURE *ENGLISH POETRY AFTER MEREDITH *LITERATURE BEWEEN THE WARS, AFTER WWII, IN THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION and IN THE COMMONWEALTH Beautiful artwork reproductions - 8 coloured plates, and 64 full-page monochrome plates. 1966 printing.cket, 868pg. A very valuable lit ref. 
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6 Fallis, Greg Just the Facts Ma'am a Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques
USA Writers Digest 1998 Paperback Very Good None issued 22.5cm 
Faults? -the front & rear covers have slight curls away from the text, not bent back around to read but a curl nonethelesss (might be the laminate on the cardboard tightening? or might be part of a cunning mystery to get the writing juices flowing?) 246 clean white well bound pages throughout, buy the book & solve a murder or three by lunchtime. 
Price: 25.00 AUD
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7 Gibson, Ross The Diminishing Paradise: Changing Literary Perceptions of Australia
Australia Sirius (Angus & Robertson) 1984 Paperback Very Good None issued 21.5cm 
295pp illus mid-section, pp clean white well bound - The diminishing paradise : the image of Australia in English literature prior to 1850, including examinations of the writings of Thomas Mitchell, Charles Sturt, and Edward Eyre, with an appended analysis of the effects of that image on two historical novels by Patrick White / Ross James Gibson. Ross Gibson.s The Diminishing Paradise: Changing Literary Perceptions of Australia encompasses European per-ceptions of Australia from the pre-colonial mythological Lemuria through to the 1850s, using Voss and A Fringe of Leaves to demonstrate how pre-1850s English attitudes continue to inform Australian perceptions of land-scape. 
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8 Grove, Valerie Laurie Lee: The Well-Loved Stranger
UK Viking 1999 Hardcover Excellent/Very Good Very Good/Good 24 Cm 
560pp, 3 photo sections, just over a kilo for post. The authorized, first major biography of British writer Laurie Lee, author of the beloved novel Cider with Rosie. English author Lee (1914-1997) began his writing career as a poet, but was best known for his autobiographical works. With the cooperation of Lee's widow as well as access to Lee's papers, Grove, a columnist for the London Times, has produced a well-researched though conflicted account. Well, could Lee's life be anything but conflicted. Here's a review >>> What a life! What a man. and >>> Lee devoted himself to restoring a sense of wonder to the world. A brisk, vivid, immensely sympathetic biography. -- DAILY TELEGRAPH 
Price: 36.00 AUD
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9 Heydon & Kelley (ed) Elizabeth Barrett's Letters to Mrs David Ogilvy
U.K. John Murray 1974 Hard Cover Excellent Excellent 21.5cm 
A book of letters that are "seething from end to end with passionate emotion". Thee is a birthday inscription to JE Barrett(1982). dj unclipped sewn-in pages that are bright & tight. 
Price: 25.00 AUD
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10 Hiney, Tom Raymond Chandler A Biography
UK Chatto & Windus 1997 Hardcover Excellent Very Good 24cm 
310 crisp pp, photo section, 700g packed to post. Raymond Chandler is an uncensored look at the tortured man who wrote the classic mystery novels The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. There are insights into the writer's inspirations and work - as well as accounts of Chandler's battles with alcohol addiction and his friendships with Howard Hawks, "Lucky" Luciano, S. J. Perelman, and Alfred Hitchcock. This book is also the first to fully detail the significance and complexities of his thirty-year marriage to Cissy, a woman seventeen years his senior. Raymond Chandler is personal portrait of an author as extraordinary as the fiction he created - a body of work that has sold more than five million copies, been translated into twenty-five languages, and inspired countless imitators. "A discerning portrait of the creator of Philip Marlowe, the archetypal American private eye." - Newsweek review >>> Pretty extensive biography that should please any Chandler fanatics. There's extensive quotation from his letters and reviews about him. It definitely gives you a great jumping off point if you desire to dig up more information about him. 
Price: 22.00 AUD
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11 John Clellon Holmes Representative Men: The Biographical Essays Selected Essays by John Clellon Holmes Volume 2
USA University of Arkansas Press 1988 Paperback Very Good None issued 22cm 
277 clean white well bound pp, John Clellon Holmes lived in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. He remained close friends with Kerouac until Jack's death in 1969. John Clellon Holmes died in Middleton, Connecticut on March 2, 1988. He is the author of 'Go', 'The Horn" and "Representative Men'. Holmes was the person who first asked Kerouac to describe their generation and that's when Jack flashed on Herbert Huncke's use of the term 'beat' and responded immediately that theirs was a "Beat Generation". 
Price: 24.00 AUD
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12 Kaplan, Fred Gore Vidal A Biography
Doubleday 1999 Hardcover Very Good Poor 24cm 
1.3 kgs & 850 pp in total. faults? Bump to top edge, dj worn at fold front flap (we do have a better copy) Novelist, cultural critic, essayist, historian, comic satirist, image maker, provocateur, actor, homosexual, bisexual...controversial, brilliant, confrontational, unflinching, cynical, idealistic...finding words to describe Gore Vidal is never difficult. And yet, an accurate picture of this multifaceted chameleon has eluded us until now. Here, at last, is a vastly entertaining biography of an American icon. Kaplan enjoyed complete access to Vidal's papers, letters, and private photographs, as well as television and newsreel footage, but was guaranteed a free hand by Vidal to write as he saw fit. The result is a lively, witty, and textured life of a literary colossus. review >>> One of the reasons this biography is such a joy is it gives the reader ample demonstration of Vidal's scintillating wit and always illuminating social observation/criticism. 
Price: 19.00 AUD
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13 Lewis, Norman I Came, I Saw An Autobiography
UK Picador 1994 Hardcover Excellent Excellent 19cm 
In this magnificent autobiography, Norman Lewis recaptures the years which saw him changed from a stammering schoolboy into a writer for whom, after the war, travel became an indispensable stimulant. Just under 500g for post, 391 crisp pp. review >>>> 'One of the most accomplished of all travel writers, a foreign correspondent of distinction, a novelist of standing... A delightful set of memoirs and a wonderful read' "Daily Telegraph " >> I Came I Saw (Picador 1994) is an extended issue of 'Jackdaw cake' which is subtitled ‘An Autobiography’, between inverted commas, we might think of the book as ‘unreliable memoirs’. The first two parts of the book, about his childhood, are written in a strain of hyperbole, sometimes as pleasingly Welsh as Dylan or Gwyn Thomas. Before we reach the third section, about his pre-war adventures among Arabs, Cubans and Sicilians, we have been astonished by his weird boyhood in Carmarthen and Enfield, where his experiences seem scarcely less bizarre and exotic. <<< If this isn't enough to whet your appetite it may be time for a Bex & a good lie down. 
Price: 32.00 AUD
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14 Lucas, John The Radical Twenties: Writing, Politics, and Culture
Rutgers Uni Press 1997 Softcover Very Good None issued 21.5cm 
-from cover > This book brings together writers from the 1920's who have never before been collectively studied in regard to their political radicalism. Drawing on the works of D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Wolf, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Ivor Gurney, Patrick Hamilton, and others, John Lucas identifies the decade as a time of both political activism and of deliberately transgressive behavior, particularly among women. The book meets head-on the argument of earlier commentators who take for hedonism of the Bright Young Things. Against such elements, Lucas places the work and lifestyles of those who, even if they began by regarding themselves as members of the "lost generation," were determined to find ways out of despair. review >>> "A stimulating and generous-spirited book." -- Times Literary Supplement 263 crisp white pp, less than 500g for post to you. 
Price: 31.00 AUD
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15 Mackintosh, Sir Alexander Echoes of Big Ben: A journalist's parliamentary diary (1881-1940)
UK Jarrolds - London Hardcover Good Fair-poor 24 Cm 
176pp with bw pics interspersed, some spotting to compressed pp edges & first2-3 but overall nice inside (paper seems to be an unusual type as though with textured appearance, War Economy Standard), dj worn/tears/chips along top edge, plastic protection now. Date maybe '45 or '46. Mackintosh was born in Bendigo & eventually was employed as parliamentary correspondent for an unbelievable 57 years, he was knighted in 1932. 
Price: 18.00 AUD
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16 Martin Armstrong (intro) The Essential Mary Webb
UK Jonathan Cape 1949 Hardcover Very Good Good/Fair 20cm Norman Hepple and Rowland Hilder. 
The essential Mary Webb - Webb's star should have risen higher according to critical review >>> "This year’s discovery has been Mary Webb, author of Gone to Earth. She is a genius, and I shouldn’t mind wagering that she is going to be the most distinguished writer of our generation."- Rebecca West, review of Gone to Earth. Literally dozens of other respected literary figures off unstinting praise for Webb's skill as a wordsmith. Armstrong presents selections of Webb's prose & poetry (Golden Arrow, Gone to Earth, Seven for a secret, precious Bane & Armour wherein he trusted, six essays & 12 poems - a fine sampling with attractive artwork in a 30s style. Webb's Shropshire characters inspired Stella Gibbons wondeerful parody, Cold Comfort Farm. 416pp & just under 500g for post. dj has a repaired tear 1" at top left. 
Price: 31.00 AUD
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17 Maugham, WS WS Maugham A Writer's Notebook
Mandarin 1991 Paperback Very Good None issued 18cm 
review >>> Discovered this book recently and REALLY enjoyed it. The combination of character sketches and insight into historical events due to the author's presence there (e.g., the Russian Revolution of 1917) was deeply engrossing. quotes > The belief of God is not a matter of common sense, or logic, or argument, but of feeling. " "W. Somerset Maugham “In love one should exercise economy of intercourse." “Humility is a virtue that is enjoined upon us. " 334 crisp clean well bound pp 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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18 Meyers, Jeffrey Scott Fitzgerald A Biography
London Macmillan 1994 Hardcover Very Good Good 24 Cm 
Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodied the decades between the two world wars, was a writer who took his material almost entirely from his life: "My characters are all Scott Fitzgerald. Even the female characters are Scott Fitzgerald." In this much-needed new biography, Jeffrey Meyers offers a perceptive interpretation of both the life and the work of one of America's finest novelists. Despite his early success with The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald's life became a battle against failure and disappointment. Struggling for artistic integrity, he compromised his talent to support his extravagant way of life. His friend and lifelong hero, Ernest Hemingway, was a harsh critic of both his behavior and his novels. reviews >>> This book is a cross between a biography and a history textbook. It takes each chapter and focuses on his life and its comparison with a book he wrote. and >>> This is truly one of the saddest books I have ever read, but I loved it. What a flawed, gifted man. 900g 400pp photo section amidships. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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19 Miller, Henry My Life and Times
USA Gemini Smith / Playboy Press 1971 Hardcover Very Good Good 31cm 
In this candid reflection on his well-spent life Miller speaks out frankly, fearlessly--and with a high sense of the human comedy. Here are scenes from his true life escapades in Brooklyn, Paris and Big Sur, California.....it is a new kind of book, a visual autobiography, that reveals in nostalgic photographs more than 70 years of Miller's zestful life... review > For Miller fans, this book is almost TOO fun. Note the (illustrated) story about how hanging around with hot nude women sixty years his junior has helped improve Henry Miller's pool game. 200+pp in great shape, dj good bar wear to upper right corners 
Price: 59.00 AUD
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20 Myer, Valerie Grosvenor Obstinate Heart: Jane Austen - A Biography
UK Michael O"Mara Books Limited 1997 Hardcover Excellent Very Good/Good 24 Cm 
700g packed to post, 248pp with photos mid section. This biography may best be read in conjunction with its subject's novels, for so much of Jane's life went into her six books, although her heroines generally fared better than their creator. Born the seventh of eight children into the genteel but impoverished home of a clergyman, Jane Austen quickly learned what it meant to be a woman without money--a situation most of her female protagonists shared, yet often overcame through marriage. Austen, however, refused to marry without love,and thus never married. Myer delves into the mores and manners of Austen's times--the importance placed on marriage, respectability, and financial security, all central to theauthor's novels. Most engaging is Myer's exploration of Jane Austen's prickly, imperfect personality, revealed through letters, diaries, and the recollections of her family. In Jane Austen the reader discovers a fully-drawn woman, complete with flaws,strengths, and a burning talent that lives on today, 200 years after her death. 
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