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The Confessions of Edward Dahlberg
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The Confessions of Edward Dahlberg

By Dahlberg, Edward

New York: George Braziller, 1971. 'On days when I saw no students I was hurled about in my sleep by hurricanes, downpours and tornadoes. Zero produces one and one is snow, hail, wormwood, and all are nothing. And all was my fault though nothing was, because nothing is. I was determined to arrange the most congenial meetings with people. Prepared to be meek when I was overbearing. After this humiliation I invented an adage: 'He who says he is your equal is making ready to be your despot,' The next occasion I resolved to be a wag, but I encountered such a dullard that in less than an hour with him I proved to be a greater dunce than he.'. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$19.00

Agni 44; Number Forty-Four

Boston: Boston University, 1996. 254 pp.; a-j; contributor's notes; Ads. Contains Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews, Documents. Poetry by Chinua Achebe, Hayden Carruth, Jane Hirschfield, Alvaro Mutis, Oksana Zabuzhko, James Laughlin, Robert Bly, Marvin Bell, Linda Bamber, Andrew LaBonte, Joshua Weiner, Sue Standing, Joyce Carl Oates, Muar Alsadir, Mark Halliday, Sugawara Katsumi, Claire Malroux, Marilyn Hacker, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and others. Fiction by Jill McCorkle, Michael Franco, Peter Ho Davies. Essays by Wulf D. Rehder, Khaled Mattawa, Joseph Bruchac, Jerzy Jarniewicz, and others. Reviews by Thom Gunn, Kathy Fagan, and others. Documents by Rosanna Warren and Stuart Dischell.. Trade Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.00

Epitaphs of Our Times: The Letters of Edward Dahlberg

By Dahlberg, Edward

New York: George Braziller, 1967. Very Clean, Only a few slight signs of wear. Dahlberg's letters to Theodore Drieser, Robert M. Hutchins, Michael Sands, Steven Sands, Mrs. Michael Sands, Herbert Read, Lewis Mumford, James Laughlin, Robert McAlmon, Josephine Herbst, William Carlos Williams, Isabella Gardner, Allen Tate, Frank MacShane, Stanley Burnshaw. 'Try sometimes, when you require new aliments, the elder Pliny or Theophrastus. I think that will not only be real viaticum for your head, but will give your prose a certain wild, rustic texture which we must acquire. Most of our modern writing is very metropolitan and that is a weakness. I find great pleasure in rereading Skeat on Chaucer or in Captain John Smith's Travels, which is which is full of strong idioms, and not vulgar like our own street-gamin patois.'--December 11, 1952, to Lewis Mumford.. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.00

East Bay Grease
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East Bay Grease

By Williamson, Eric Miles

Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: St Martins Pr, 1999. First Printing, March 1999. 'When I finished, we kicked back in with the head, Senor Ramirez and I doing our sixteenth-note duet with a precision and somehow instinctive knowledge of the significance of each other, our harmonies not the sound of two trumpets playing but instead of one musical unit, and not even that: of one musician playing one song and that song a song we'd created instead of played.'. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$30.00

Crystal Vision
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Crystal Vision

By Sorrentino, Gilbert

Penguin Books, 1982. 289 pp. Rubbing around the edges, pages browning around the edges. 'Richie and Cheech, pizza-faced Big Duck, Big Mickey and Little Mickey, Professor Kooba and the Arab--this is the group that gathers at the candy store to drink cream sodas and eat Mrs. Wagner's pies. The Magician presides, baffling all with prophecies and (occasionally inept) miracles. Together, these hapless slobs discuss illusion and reality, Kant and Better Davis, gripe about wives and baseball, debate the meaning of life, question if that really was the Pope handing out blessing in a San Francisco department store, and wonder if Dolores puts out. Gilbert Sorrentino has once again woven a magic tale, a candy-store burlesque, a Brooklyn Ulysses.' --Jacket blurb.. Trade Paperback. Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.00

Second Skin
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Second Skin

By Hawkes, John

New York: New Directions, 1964. 210 pp. Used condition. Thirteenth printing. ' 'I think you would like to know,' she began, whispering, spacing the words, ' you would like to know what I did with the guitar. Well, I burned it. Pixie and I burned it together,' And in her whispered seriousness, the hush of her slow enunciation, I heard then the snapping of flames, the tortured singing of the red-hot strings.'. Illustrated Wraps. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.00

The Wages of Expectation: A Biography of Edward Dahlberg
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The Wages of Expectation: A Biography of Edward Dahlberg

By DeFanti, Charles

New York: New York University Press, 1978. Some tiny bumps on corner. 'DeFanti's portrait re-creates Dahlberg's picaresque journey, from his impoverished days in his mother's Kansas City barbershop, to his vagabond wanderings throughout America, his expatriate period during the 1920s, his complicated (often comic) involvement with American radicalism, and his subsequent rejection of his early style and the re-emergence, following a long literary silence, of his grand autobiographical works, most notably, Because I Was Flesh.'. First Edition. Trade Paperback. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.00

Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa
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Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa

By Estrin, Marc

New York: Blue Hen Books, 2002. 469 pp. Bibliography. A 1/2 inch remainder mark on bottom of pages. Not price-clipped. Two black marks on DJ. Marc Estrin is a writer, cellist, and activist living in Burlington, Vermont. This is his first novel. Gregor Samsa's adventures in America after he is swept into the dustbin. For those who have forgotten, 'Gregor Samsa awoke one morning after disturbing dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous cockroach.' Gregor runs into interesting folks: Musil, Wittgenstein, Spengler, Einstein, Rilke, Charles Ives, FDR and ends up in . . . well, you've got to read it.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Book Design By Marysarah Quinn. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.00