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The Widening Circle, van Druten, John
The Widening Circle

Under the Eye of the Clock - The Life Story of Christopher Nolan, Author of Dam-Burst of Dreams, Nolan, Christopher
Under the Eye of the Clock - The Life Story of Christopher Nolan, Author of Dam-Burst of Dreams

My Apprenticeship, Gorky, M.
My Apprenticeship

The Life of Dylan Thomas, Fitzgibbon, Constantine
The Life of Dylan Thomas

A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak, Ivinskaya, Olga
A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak

Along with Youth: Hemingway, The Early Years, Griffin, Peter
Along with Youth: Hemingway, The Early Years

Less than a Treason: Hemingway in Paris, Griffin, Peter
Less than a Treason: Hemingway in Paris

Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions, Levine, Suzanne Jill
Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions

 

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My Father and Myself, Ackerley, J.R.
1 My Father and Myself
Ackerley, J.R.. The Bodley Head, London, 1969. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 145mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 219+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good. Base of spine bumped, some light foxing to block edges, pages otherwise clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping and wear to edges, some grubbiness and circular stain to rear but still presentable, with protection. Posthumously published Autobiography of the one-time Editor of the Listener, including revelatory reference to the author's homosexuality. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Literary, Listener, gay. 569

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Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith, Barbera, Jack ;   McBrien, William
2 Stevie - A biography of Stevie Smith
Barbera, Jack ; McBrien, William. Oxford University Press, New York, 1987. first thus, 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: Smith, Yellow, Manning. 3053

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Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary, Bishop, Alan
3 Gentleman Rider - a biography of Joyce Cary
Bishop, Alan. Michael Joseph, London, 1988. first edition, 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 Mouth, Nigeria. 2879

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4 Freddy Lonsdale
Donaldson, Frances. Heinemann, London, 1957. first edition, 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. 3642

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The Railway Game, Dyment, Clifford
5 The Railway Game
Dyment, Clifford. J.M. Dent, London, 1962. first edition, 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, England, Leicester. 568

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Thackeray - A Personality, Elwin, Malcolm
6 Thackeray - A Personality
Elwin, Malcolm. Academy Books - Jonathan Cape, London, first thus, 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 English novelist first published by Cape in 1932 and re-issued by Academy Books in 1935, as listed on copyright page. But this is - without any doubt - a wartime book whose inscription date of 1945 is also most likely for publication. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Thackeray, biography, Vanity. 1218

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7 The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson
Elwin, Malcolm. Macdonald, London, 1950. first edition, 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. 3522

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The Life of Dylan Thomas, Fitzgibbon, Constantine
8 The Life of Dylan Thomas
Fitzgibbon, Constantine. Readers Union / J.M. Dent, London, 1966. first thus, 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. 3523

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And there my trouble began - Collected Writings 1945-85, Fyvel, T.R.
9 And there my trouble began - Collected Writings 1945-85
Fyvel, T.R.. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1986. first edition, 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 lbock 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 was central to his life and much of his work. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Zionism, Israel, Koestler, Orwell. 573

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My Apprenticeship, Gorky, M.
10 My Apprenticeship
Gorky, M.. Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1952. first edition, 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. 3528

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Along with Youth: Hemingway, The Early Years, Griffin, Peter
11 Along with Youth: Hemingway, The Early Years
Griffin, Peter. Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 1985. first edition, 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 Biography. Keywords: Von Kurowsky. 3212

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Less than a Treason: Hemingway in Paris, Griffin, Peter
12 Less than a Treason: Hemingway in Paris
Griffin, Peter. Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 1990. first edition, 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". Griffin shows how Hemingway incorporated his own life in his fiction. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Paris, bull running, Pamplona, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Scott Fititzgeralad, Maxwell Perkins. 3211

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A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak, Ivinskaya, Olga
13 A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak
Ivinskaya, Olga. Collins, London, 1978. first edition, 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 completing any transaction.. 3214

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14 Edgar Wallace - A Biography
Lane, Margaret. The Book Club, London, 1939. first thus, 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 Biography. Keywords: Edgar, wallace, reporter, Hollywood. 3525

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Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions, Levine, Suzanne Jill
15 Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman - His Life and Fictions
Levine, Suzanne Jill. Faber & Faber, London, 2000. first edition, 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. 3159

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Under the Eye of the Clock - The Life Story of Christopher Nolan, Author of Dam-Burst of Dreams, Nolan, Christopher
16 Under the Eye of the Clock - The Life Story of Christopher Nolan, Author of Dam-Burst of Dreams
Nolan, Christopher. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1987. first edition, Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 163pp. Good +++/Very Good. Block has darkened around edges. Some vertical marks on pp 162-3. Dustwrapper has been handled very occasionally else near fine. Inspiring biography of a young Irishman who defied severe physical disability to become a published author. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Nolan, Ireland, spastic. 3531

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Pictures in the Hallway, O'Casey, Sean
17 Pictures in the Hallway
O'Casey, Sean. Macmillan, New York, 1949. first thus, 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 of theatrical fame - during tumultous times in Dublin. First US edition. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: O'Casey, Dublin, theatre. 529

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Rose and Crown, O'Casey, Sean
18 Rose and Crown
O'Casey, Sean. Macmillan, London, 1952. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 142mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, vii prelims, 307pp. Very Good/Good +++. Book is just a little darkened with but impressively clean and tight. Spine just a little bumped. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping and a little surface damage at top of spine and adjacent, otherwise clean and presentable with minimal wear. The fifth volume of O'Casey's autobiographical work brings the great man to England - where fame and even notoriety await… Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: O'Casey, Tassie, Abbey, Boston. 528

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The Secret Orchard of Roger Ackerley, Petre, Diana
19 The Secret Orchard of Roger Ackerley
Petre, Diana. George Brazillier, New York, 1975. first thus, 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 (legitimate) father of the critic J.R. Ackerley. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Ackerley, Muriel, bastardy. 570

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Marilyn, Hitler and Me, Shulman, Milton
20 Marilyn, Hitler and Me
Shulman, Milton. Andre Deutsch, London, 1998. first edition, 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. Keywords: Shulman, Standard, critic, television. 864

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The Widening Circle, van Druten, John
21 The Widening Circle
van Druten, John. Heinemann, London, 1957. first edition, 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. 1159

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Mark Twain in England, Welland, Dennis
22 Mark Twain in England
Welland, Dennis. Chatto & Windus, London, 1978. first edition, 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 visits to England. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Twain, England, Chatto. 2236

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23 Experiment in Autobiography
Wells, H.G.. Victor Gollancz & The Cresset Press, London, 1934. first edition, Hardback, 8vo orange cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 840pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. 2 vols.Top of spine of each volume has a 1cm tear. Spines both faded. Blocks both aged and grubby with some foxing. Photograph opp. P.193 is detached but present. Hefty recollections of famous turn-of-the-20th century writer. Catalogue: Literary Biography. Keywords: Wells, autobiography, Time Machine, history 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 completing any transaction.. 3527

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