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Kerouac: A Biography

By: Ann Charters

Price: $10.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Straight Arrow Books: 1973

Edition: First Thus.

Seller ID: 009808


417 pp, 16 pp. b&w photos. White cloth, some soil to spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing on spine edges, closed tear on rear panel, chip on corner. Text clean, no markings. Binding firm. A detailed portrait of Kerouac and his band of brothers -- Ginsburg, Neal Cassady and others of the Beat group of poets. With detailed reference notes, containing numerous anecdotes. The bibliographic portion was first published by Phoenix Bookstore; Straight Arrow published the book as... View more info

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Narnia Becksons: C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Beyond

By: Baehr, Ted and Baehr, James, Eds.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Nashville, Tenn., Broadman and Holman: 2005

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 004969


Unpaginated, approx. 120 pp. With notes. Close to new except for bumped corners. Slight edgewear to dust jacket. A collection of critical essays on C.S. Lewis's Narnia work. Size: 8vo -- 8.75 in Tall By 10 in Wide View more info

On Writing, Editing and Publishing: Essays Explicative and Hortatory

By: Barzun, Jacques

Price: $4.50

Publisher: Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1972: 1972

Edition: 2nd Printing

Seller ID: 003343


Trade Paperback. Good. 2nd Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 130 pp. Cover has crease on lower corner. The word "reveal" is in ink on top and bottom edges; bookstore stamp on inside front cover. No other markings. Spine is sturdy but with light rubbing. Foreword by Morris Philipson, director of the Univ. of Chicago Press. A collection of 9 essays, titled: A Writer's Discipline, Engish as She's Not Taught, Food for the NRF (Nouvelle Revue Francais), L... View more info

The Double Life of Stephen Crane

By: Benfey, Christopher

Price: $6.50

Publisher: London, Vintage: 1994

Edition: 1st Paperback Edition

Seller ID: 005156


294 pp., index, notes, several historical photographs. Cover has corner crease and a few text pages wrinkled at corners, a bit of rubbing on bottom edge, else near fine. Spine uncreased. No writing or markings. Firm. A lively biography of the short-lived Crane, novelist and war correspondent known for his American classic "Red Badge of Courage." (which some readers view as an anti-war statement and others regard as an affirmation of bravery). Crane lived with the... View more info

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Linguistic Behaviour

By: Bennett, Jonathan

Price: $9.00

Publisher: London, Cambridge University Press: 1979

Edition: First Paperback Edition

Seller ID: 007053


292 pp, index, bibliography. Previous owner's stamping on half title page and bottom edge. Binding sturdy, text clean. Bennett expounds on language as "systematic communicative behaviour" and ways to determine its syntax and semantics. Cover blurb from The Times (London) states: "a text that no language scholar can afford to ignore." View more info

A Life of Privilege, Mostly

By: Botsford, Gardner

Price: $5.00

Publisher: NY, St. Martin's Press: 2003

Edition: First Edition Stated.

Seller ID: 009515


260 pp. Close to new, previous owner's name on end paper. No other markings. A newspaper clipping giving a favorable review by James Wolcott is laid in. A New Yorker writer describes his youth in the wealthy literary circles of New York, his years at Yale, writing for the New Yorker and then serving as an infantryman in World War 2. Anecdotes about various New Yorker personalities including William Shawn, Janet Flanner, Janet Malcolm, et al. Size: 8vo -- 8.75 in Tall View more info

Booknotes: America's Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas

By: Brian Lamb

Price: $4.00

Publisher: NY, Random House: 1997

Edition: 3rd Printing.

Seller ID: 010064


424 pp. Nearly new. Faint red line on top edge near spine. Previous owner's name on endpaper. A few checkmarks and a few words written on 3-4 pp. Otherwise clean. Binding firm. Scores of authors, reporters and political VIPs give colorful anecdotes about how they wrote one of their books or came up with the idea for the book. Material originally was presented in interview form on C-SPAN's "Booknotes" program. As a whole, the anthology shows there's no right or wr... View more info

Dylan Thomas in America

By: Brinnin, John Malcolm

Price: $3.00

Publisher: NY, Avon: 1966

Edition: First Paperback Edition.

Seller ID: 004612


295 pp., index, cover shows side profile of a stern Dylan Thomas with cigarette in mouth, pencil in hand, making a point. No spine creases, lightly used, light vertical crease in front cover. No markings. A fascinating chronicle of Thomas' tumultuous, booze-soaked tours of America in the 1950-53, ending with his early death. Brinnin was Thomas' agent and personal aide. Size: 12mo - 7 in Tall View more info

Women Of Words

By: Bukovinsky, Janet, Ed.

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Running Press: 1994

Edition: 2nd Printing.

Seller ID: 010351


176 pp. glossy stock. Nearly new, no markings. An anthology introducing readers to 35 major women authors and poets, with a pastel sketech, brief bio and sample of work for each one. The selections range from Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Jane Austen to such moderns as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison. Idea gift for the young woman (or man) developing a serious interest in literature. Size: 8vo -- 9.5 In View more info

Walt Whitman: An American

By: Canby, Henry Seidel

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin: 1943

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC).

Seller ID: 002568


381 pp., with bibliography, index. Photo of Whitman in frontispiece Some fading of red boards, endpapers darkened. Previous owner's name in ink on front endpaper. No markings in text. A personal biography of the poet and his inner life, with analysis of his auto-eroticism, his zest for life, and the impact of the Civil War on his writing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall View more info

Essays on Shakespeare

By: Chapman, Gerald W.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press: 1965

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 001721


176 pp., Edge wear, previous owner's name on half title page, but otherwise clean, no markings. Not a former library copy. A compilation of lectures delivered at the University of Denver to mark Shakespeare's 400th birthday. Contributors are Robert Heilman, Northrop Frye, Harry Levin, J.V. Cunningham, Gunnar Boklund and Maynard Mack. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall View more info

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Further Up & Further In

By: Edwards, Bruce

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Nashville, Tenn., Broadman and Holman: 2005

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 005213


108 pp, notes. New, no markings. Subtitle: Understanding C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." A Bowling Green State professor guides readers through the Lewis tale. Size: 12mo - 7.25 in Tall View more info

The Lifetime Reading Plan

By: Fadiman, Clifton

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Cleveland, World Publishing: 1960

Edition: BOMC.

Seller ID: 010032


250 pp., plus 68-pp. bibliography & reading list. Jacket chipped and torn, rear flap laid in. Light fading of spine titling. Remains of book plate on front endpaper. Text clean. NOT a set of reading orders, but, rather a collection of 100 brief appreciations explaining why the authors and their major works are worth reading. Fadiman also provides context for the authors and shows why their work is still considered important long after their deaths. His overview, written ... View more info

The Civilized Wilderness: Background of American Romantic Literature 1817-1860

By: Foster, Edward Halsey

Price: $6.00

Publisher: NY, Free Press:

Seller ID: 005377


220 pp. Library shelving label on spine. Library card from an air force base library indicates this book never circulated; still in close to new condition. Mylar on dj. No markings aside from usual library stampings. Title page missing. Text clean and bright. Several photos and illustrations of authors' cottages. A look at the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Hudson River Valley and other rural areas as homes for some of America's leading writers of the 19th century. Amo... View more info

Herman Melville

By: Freeman, John

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Publication Data Missing:

Seller ID: 005154


300 pp. Corners bumped. Title page and publication data on that page are missing. However, this copy has gray cloth and silver lettering on cover; possibly either the Macmillan edition published in 1926 or a more recent reprint. Text very clean. Usual library stampings. From an Air Force base library, appears uncirculated. Preface says this is the first book about Melville published in England. A blend of biography and literary critique. Of special interests to Melville ... View more info

Conrad Richter

By: Gaston Jr., Edwin W.

Price: $4.00

Publisher: NY, Twayne Publishers: 1965

Seller ID: 005203


176 pp. with notes, bibliography. Part of Twayne's U.S. Authors series. Although the title page with publication data has been removed, this appears to be a 1965 edition published by Twayne. Blue cloth with bright gilt. Library card at rear. Apparently uncirculated, very little wear. An overview of Richter's literary career, beginning with his first publication in 1913, plus biographical details. View more info

Women Writing in America: Voices in Collage

By: Gelfant, Blanche H.

Price: $2.50

Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire, Univ Pr of New England: 1984

Edition: 1st Paperback Edition.

Seller ID: 005000


272 pp. Clean and sturdy although a library discard with stampings on half title page. Light creasing of cover, and light rubbing of corners. Spine uncreased. Lightly thumbed. Some dampstaining. Several essays on various American women writers, including Willa Cather, Margaret Mitchell, Ann Beattie and Meridel Le Seuer. Size: 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall View more info

Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft

By: Goldberg, Natalie

Price: $8.00

Publisher: NY, Bantam: 2000

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 002622


224 pp. Nearly new, tight, clean copy, no markings. Goldberg offers a personal view of the writing process and the impact it can have on one's life. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall View more info

Writing Down the Bones; Wild Mind

By: Goldberg, Natalie

Price: $9.00

Publisher: NY, Quality Paperback Book Club: 1991

Edition: Reprint.

Seller ID: 009220


400 pp. total, approx. Spine creasing, but still nearly new, clean text, no markings. A 2-in-1 printing that combines "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" and "Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life." Writing coach Natalie Goldberg offers a very readable guide to getting into a writer's frame of mind. Her books are not just about writing techniques, nor exhortations to write, write, write -- but also meditation guides for focused awareness. Us... View more info

Writing Down the Bones;Wild Mind

By: Goldberg, Natalie

Price: $8.00

Publisher: NY, Quality Paperback Book Club: 1991

Edition: Reprint.

Seller ID: 009545


171 pp. plus 238 pp. A combo giving Goldberg's pointers for writing, and her own experiences and challenges as a writer. Writing down the Bones close to new. Wild Mind has pencil notations on about 10 pages. Else close to new. Spine creasing but binding firm. Her books are both personal and practical, and include exercises for freeing the imagination. Much better than the usual creative-writing workbook. Size: 8vo -- 8.25 in Tall View more info