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The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer - First Edition - 1962 - from World of Rare Books (SKU: 1643029183LSA)

The Pumpkin Eater

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The Pumpkin Eater

by Penelope Mortimer

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  • hardcover
  • First
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Hutchinson of London, 1962. Hardcover. Acceptable/Acceptable. 1962. First Edition. 222 pages. Illustrated dust jacket over grey cloth boards with lettering. Slight crinkling to paper at gutter. Clean pages with light tanning to text block edges. Binding is firm throughout with minor thumb-marking. Heavier tanning to free endpapers. Pen inscription to front free endpaper. Boards have mild edge-wear with slight rubbing to surfaces and bumping to corners. Slight crushing to spine ends. Lettering is bright and clear. Minor wear marks to boards. Unclipped Jacket. Panels and spine have moderate edgewear with tears and creases. Moderate tanning to flaps, panels and spine.

Synopsis

Penelope Mortimer (1918–1999) was born Penelope Ruth Fletcher in North Wales, the younger of two children of an Anglican clergyman father and his wife. The family moved often, and Penelope was educated at half a dozen institutions before spending a year at the University of London. In 1937 she married the journalist Charles Dimont, with whom she had two daughters. Two more daughters by two different men would follow before, in 1949, she divorced Dimont and married the barrister, novelist, and playwright John Mortimer, with whom she had another daughter and her only son. The Mortimers were celebrated as “the last word in marital chic,” but the marriage was tumultuous and the couple divorced in 1972. In addition to The Pumpkin Eater (1962), made into a 1964 film from a screenplay by Harold Pinter and starring Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch, Mortimer published several other novels, including Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1958), Long Distance  (1974), and The Handyman (1983); a travel book co-authored with John Mortimer, With Love and Lizards (1957); and a biography of the Queen Mother. She also served as a film critic for the London Observer and was a regular contributor of short stories to The New Yorker. The first volume of her autobiography About Time (1979) was awarded the Whitbread Prize and was followed by About Time Too (1993). Daphne Merkin is the author of Enchantment , a novel and  Dreaming of Hitler, a collection of essays. Her cultural criticism has appeared in a range of publications, including Vogue and The American Scholar , and has been widely anthologized. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker , and is currently a contributing writer at Elle and The New York Times Magazine . She lives in New York City, where she teaches writing, and is at work on a memoir,  Melancholy Baby.

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book dealer
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Bookseller’s Inventory #
1643029183LSA
Title
The Pumpkin Eater
Author
Penelope Mortimer
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Acceptable/Acceptable
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Hutchinson of London
Date Published
1962

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