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Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith

By: Barbera, Jack ; McBrien, William

Price: £8.50

Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press: 1987

Edition: first thus

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 3053


Hardback, 8vo violet cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 378pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Gift Inscription. Boards and spine slightly bumped. Block edges have isolated small faint stains. Dustwrapper has bumped top of spine, slight shelfwear along top, general signs of handling and slight fading to rear. First US edition of the biography of an enigmatic literary figure of the 20th century. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: S... View more info

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Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary

By: Bishop, Alan

Price: £9.50

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1988

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2879


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black cloth boards, yellow titles, first edition, 408pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Block edges dusted. Front endpaper and following 6-7 pages are creased. Dustwrapper has some shelfwear along top, with 3mm tear to top of rear adjoining spine, and evidence of handling. A biography of one of the most independent and elusive figures of 20th century literature. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Cary, Horse's Mo... View more info

Freddy Lonsdale

By: Donaldson, Frances

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Heinemann: 1957

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3642


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xlv prelims, 257pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Black background of spine titles faded, Top of block dusty. P.217 has ragged edge. Biography of once-famous British playwright. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Lonsdale, drama, Cheyney View more info

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The Railway Game

By: Dyment, Clifford

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, J.M. Dent: 1962

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 568


Hardback, 224mm x 142mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xi prelims, 218pp. Very Good/Very Good. Book is not new but still tight and clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has an ink price on front flap but no other imperfections. Clean with minimal wear. An autobiography of a critic, broadcaster and poet that recreates the life of provincial England in the twenties and thirties seen through the eyes of a boy. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Poetry, E... View more info

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Thackeray - A Personality

By: Elwin, Malcolm

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Academy Books - Jonathan Cape:

Edition: first thus

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 1218


Hardback, 227mm x 150mm brown cloth boards, yellow titles, first thus, 410+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good/Less than good. Owners inscription. Spine bumped, block a little darkened, top edge grubby but pages basically clean. Overall a little flimsy as with most wartime Uk productions. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn around edges with loss of lower half of spine, some loss also at top edge. The "vivid and exciting" portrait of a famous E... View more info

The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson

By: Elwin, Malcolm

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macdonald: 1950

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3522


Hardback, 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xv prelims, 256pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Shield-shaped Boots sticker on front board. Block and boards aged, with bumping of boards and spine, spine also faded and creased. Biography of the author of Treasure Island and other enduring yarns. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Stevenson, Skerryvore, Treasure View more info

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The Life of Dylan Thomas

By: Fitzgibbon, Constantine

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Readers Union / J.M. Dent: 1966

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 3523


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, ix prelims, 422pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/Good. Spine bumped. Block edges a little grubby. Dustwrapper is a little scuffed with a little light chipping in places, spine faded. Book written by author "to portray truthfully the whole complex man" that was Dylan Thomas - by general consent, successfully. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Dylan Thomas, Soho, Swansea, alcoholism View more info

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And there my trouble began - Uncollected Writings 1945-85

By: Fyvel, T.R.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1986

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 573


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm dark blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 240pp. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read, but overall tight and clean, block edges just a little grubby from handling with light stain to right block edge. Dustwrapper has been handled and has some colour fading but still presentable with minimal wear. Collection of writings on matters political and personal by an well-connected writer and broadcaster whose Jewish identity w... View more info

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My Apprenticeship

By: Gorky, M.

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House: 1952

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3528


Hardback, 167mm x 113mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 683pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Leather-like boards clean and attractive. Some dusting to block edge, spine slightly bumped. Translated from the Russian by Margaret Wettlin, this is Gorky's account of his "apprenticeship". Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Gorky, Moscow View more info

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Less than a Treason: Hemingway in Paris

By: Griffin, Peter

Price: £7.50

Publisher: New York / Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1990

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3211


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, black titles, first edition, viii prelims, 197pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good+/Very Good+. Apart from a publishers stamp saying "damaged" and very slight bumping to top/bottom of spine I cannot find any damage to this book. Dustwrapper now protected. The second volume of Griffin's biography covers Hemingway's early Paris years, when he published "In Our Time" and "The Sun Also Rises". Griff... View more info

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Along with Youth: Hemingway, The Early Years

By: Griffin, Peter

Price: £8.50

Publisher: New York / Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1985

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3212


Hardback, 8vo Yellow/Black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 1st impression, , x prelims, 258pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Very slight signs of ageing to free endpapers and top of page block slightly dusty. Dustwrapper now protected. Volume one of Griffin's biography examines Hemingway's midwestern childhood, his journalisitic apprenticeship and his experiences as a Red Cross Volunteer in Italy during WW1. Catalogue: Literary ... View more info

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A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak

By: Ivinskaya, Olga

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Collins: 1978

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3214


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xl prelims, 488pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Translated from Russian with an introduction and notes by Max Hayward. Dustwrapper now protected. Catalogue: Literary Biography. This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before c... View more info

Edgar Wallace - A Biography

By: Lane, Margaret

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, The Book Club: 1939

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 3525


Hardback, 8vo pink cloth boards, red titles, first thus, viii prelims, 423pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Less than good/Less than good. Boards discoloured along top, differential fading to endpapers, block edges grubby with foxing. Dustwrapper is badly damaged, with general chipping and fraying, and loss in a number of places. Biography of a remarkable newspaper reporter, at whose death in 1932, the bells of Fleet Street tolled. Catalogue: Literary Biograp... View more info

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Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions

By: Levine, Suzanne Jill

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Faber & Faber: 2000

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3159


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 448pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Block edges slightly aged. Dustwrapper has some slight shelfwear along top and has evidence of handling. Biography of the legendary Argentinean author who created "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Puig, Spider, Argentina, Peron View more info

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Pictures in the Hallway

By: O'Casey, Sean

Price: £15.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: 1949

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 529


Hardback, 215mm x 143mm brown cloth boards, black titles, first thus, 2nd impression, , 373pp. Good +++/Good +. Book is not new and has been read but no obvious imperfections save for nine speckles on right block edge, block also a little darkened with age. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping to edges and some grubbiness and wear to rear but still presentable, with protection. The second volume of O'Casey's autobiographical work describes the great man's first taste... View more info

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The Secret Orchard of Roger Ackerley

By: Petre, Diana

Price: £9.00

Publisher: New York, George Brazillier: 1975

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 570


Hardback, 215mm x 146mm green cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first thus, viii prelims, 183+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is tight and clean save for a little foxing to right block edge. Dustwrapper has some light edgewear and evidence of occasional handling only. First US edition of Petre's "deeply moving evocation" of her unusual childhood and of her mother Muriel - mistress of her (illegitimate) father Roger Ackerley, himself the (... View more info

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Marilyn, Hitler and Me

By: Shulman, Milton

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, Andre Deutsch: 1998

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 864


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, ix prelims, 386pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Owners inscription. Book has been read, block edges just a little dusty and grubby from handling, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper (now protected) has been handled but still clean with minimal wear. Memoirs of a famous British newspaper critic of the second half of the 20th century. Catalogue: Film, TV and Media... View more info

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The Widening Circle

By: van Druten, John

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Heinemann: 1957

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 1159


Hardback, 220mm x 142mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 229pp. Good +++/Good +. Book is a little darkened by age, with dusty top block edge, but otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper is a little darkened in places, with wear along top edge, but still presentable. The engaging musings of a Anglo-American playwright on literary and personal matters. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: theatre, Druten, California, stage View more info

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Mark Twain in England

By: Welland, Dennis

Price: £9.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1978

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2236


Hardback, 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 267pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, Very Good/Very Good. Slight dusting to block edges. Dustwrapper has shelfwear resulting in slight fraying at top of front, and spine. Also 1cm x 2cm stain to front where price sticker has been removed. The intriguing story of how Mark Twain's greatest works were published and received in England, drawing on original correspondence and Twain's own accounts of his ... View more info