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    Thomas Chatterton, the Marvelous Boy: The Story of a Strange Life 1752-1770 by Russell, Charles Edward

    NY: Moffat, Yard & Company. Good with no dust jacket; Boards worn, corners rounded, front hinge . cracked, owner name inked out on front pastedown endpaper.. 1908. First Edition. Hardcover. Red cloth binding with gilt stamping on front boards and spine. Top edges gilt. Index, illustrations. Deckle edges. A biography of the young English poet who died at the age of 17 from self-medication with arsenic. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 289 pages .


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    A Portrait of Jane Austen : by Lord David Cecil

    Constable (1st), 1978. F in VG DW. 24x17cm. an attempt to explore her personality from her novels,diaries and those of her friends and contemporaries,well illus. in col. & b & w from contemporary sources,


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    A Lot to Ask: A Life of Barbara Pym by Holt, Hazel

    NY: Dutton. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Remainder stripe on page bottoms, . jacket flaps mildly toned.. 1991. 1st US printing. Hardcover. 0525249370 . Gray paper boards quarter-bound in blue cloth. xi, 308 pages. Notes, publishing history, and index. A biography of the author by her friend and literary editor. .


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    Best Seat in the House by Fulford, Robert

    Don Mills: Collins Publishers, 1988. BOOK: Corners, Spine, Boards Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Spine Slightly Cocked; Edges Lightly Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. DUST JACKET: Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; Moderate Yellowing Due to Age; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. SUB-TITLE: Memoirs of a Lucky Man. JACKET DESIGN: Scott Richardson. CONTENTS: 1 Teentime 2 The Genius Who Lived Next Door 3 Newspaper days 4 My Life as a Hack 5 Nights at the Colonial 6 Snow and Town, Art and Eros 7 Beland and Nathan and Me 8 The Boys at Maclean's 9 The Age of McLuhan 10 Mythology, Politics and Atwood 11 Turning the Corner 12 Meeting Citizen Black; Acknowledgements; Index. SYNOPSIS: For three decades, Robert Fulford has watched the flowering of the arts in Canada from an ideal vantage point, the best seat in the house. He grew up next door to Glenn Gould, befriended Michael Snow when Fulford and Snow were both teenagers, and eventually worked alongside Pierre Berton, Peter Gzowski, Christina McCall, Nathan Cohen and Peter C. Newman. Written in the style that won nine National Magazine Awards, Fulford's frank and absorbing memoirs cover a period of startling change in Canadian life and chart a unique adventure in self-transformation: from sports writer to literary critic, from high-school dropout to Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto, from all-purpose hack to editor (for nineteen years) of the most admired magazine in Canada, Saturday Night. Along the way Fulford managed a jazz band, argued in public and private with Marshall McLuhan, hosted both a radio and TV show, organized a concert that featured Maureen Forrester, and published the work of Margaret Atwood (who directed him in his first--and last--stage performance, playing himself as rewritten by Atwood). When he resigned from Saturday Night in 1987 because he declined to work for the new owner, Conrad Black, the news made headlines across Canada and drew hundreds of tributes. "I was able," Fulford writes, "to read my obituaries without the inconvenience of dying, a pleasure denied those whose careers are uniformly successful." That resignation, and the sometimes farcical events surrounding it, form the conclusion to this perceptive account of a life lived at the centre of Canadian culture. Robert Fulford is now a weekly columnist for The Financial Times of Canada and co-host of Realities on TVOntario. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from McMaster and York Universities and the University of Western Ontario.. First Edition 1st Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Nigel Dickson (In background: "Switch" by Michael Snow). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Self-Consciousness Memoirs by Updike, John

    NY: Knopf. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. 039457222X . Mauve cloth. .


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    The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard Devoto by Stegner, Wallace Earle, and DeVoto, Bernard Augustine (Introduction by)

    Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.: Bison Books, 2001. FINE copy has small remainder mark bottom edge, UNREAD, Personal Name: Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993. Main Title: The uneasy chair : a biography of Bernard DeVoto / Wallace Stegner. Published/Created: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2001] Description: xi, 464 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. ISBN: 0803292848 (pbk. : alk. paper) Subjects: De Voto, Bernard Augustine, 1897-1955. Authors, American --20th century --Biography. Historians --United States --Biography. may have multiples . Soft Cover. Fine. 8vo.


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    Other Days Being chronicles and memories of the stage by Winter, William

    New York: Moffat, Yard And Company. VG+. 1909. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. ISBN: B00089NI6Q. Bound in dark blue ribbed cloth; light wear to edges, top edge gilded; William Winter (1836-1917) was an American essayist, dramatic critic and historian and is best known for his long and productive career as a critic and historian of the American stage. This is an account of his memories of various actors and actress of the American stage during the late 19th century; 389 pp.


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    The Opposite of Fate A Book of Musings by Tan, Amy

    Brilliance Audio, 2003. Abridged ed. Cassette. New. Read by the Author. Abridged. 6 cassettes. Running Time: 9 hours. This is a new audiobook in manufacturer's shrink wrap, from a smoke-free home.


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    I, Claud : The Autobiography of Claud Cockburn by Cockburn, Claud

    Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1967. Wildly retrospect of five decades from the man who supposedly said "believe nothing until it has been officially denied". Pages lightly tanned with age and a gift inscription to ffep. 454 pages including index. Prompt dispatch. . Revised and Reprinted. Soft Cover. Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    Remembering Mr. Maugham by Kanin, Garson

    New York: Atheneum, 1966. Second Printing . Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Foreword by Noel Coward. Fine gray cloth. Red endpapers. Very good blue pictorial price-clipped DJ. Some wear and tear to DJ. October 1966, September 1966, 8vo, vi, 313pp. [1], "As a treasury of Somerset Maugham's candid opinions, attitudes and tastes, this book abounds in off-the-cuff recollections of the past and the circumstances under which he wrote his best-known stories and novels."


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    The Seven Stairs by Brent, Stuart

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Stain to top of front boards and page tops, . jacket rubbed and lightly tattered.. 1962. First Printing. Hardcover. Stuart Brent had a bibliophile's dream job: running a bookstore in Chicago and hangin' around with Studs Terkel, Nelson Algren, Ernest Hemingway and other literary glitterati, as described in this interesting memoir. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 205 pages .


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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Bondage of Opium by Lefebure, Molly

    Quartet Books, 1977. First edition thus. Softcover Paperback. Near Fine. Signed by Author. SIGNED and dated by the author. Some sunning to cover and browning to pages, but the binding is tight and crisp, pages clean. Ships same day bubble-wrapped AND BOXED w/ standard shipping. Free tracking. 100% Guaranteed. Book is currently being protected in (and ships in) a clear archival sleeve. Signed by Author. ISBN: 0704331071. ISBN/EAN: 9780704331075.


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    Autobiography, Part One: Pilpali Sahab: Story of a Childhood under the Raj by Anand, Mulk Raj

    New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, 1985. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Very Good+. 330 pp. Binding is tight, with slight rubbing on cover. Text is tight, clean, and unmarked


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    John Donne: A Literary Life by Parfitt, George

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. First American Edition . Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very good black cloth. Slight wear, usual ex-library markings. (1989), 8vo, viii, 140pp.


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    The Golden Age of Royalty : Photography from 1858-1930 by Trevor Hall

    Coomb (1st), 1981. F in VG DW. 30x23.5 cm.,. illus. by a copious collection of photos. Of nearly every European Royal Family,ep family trees,


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    How it Was by Mary Welsh Hemingway

    Weidenfeld (1st), 1976. F in VG DW. 24x16x4cm.,. Ernest Hemingway's last wife. Illus.,


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    L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz by Rogers, Katharine M

    New York, New York, U. S. A.: Da Capo Press. New with no dust jacket. 2003. First Edition. Softcover. A strong and sympathetic portrait. " - New York Times Book Review. Born in 1856 in upstate New York, Baum was a classic "late bloomer" who tried acting, selling and editing. Finally, in his late 30s, he took the advice of his mother-in-law, suffragist leader Matilda Gage, and turned his attention to selling the stories he'd been tellin to his sons and their friends. After a few books were published with varying success, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (originally titled The Emerald City) was released in 1900. It quickly became a bestseller and has remained so ever since. When Oz was transformed in a "traveling music extravaganza" that earned raves across America, Baum became rich and famous for the first time in his life, inspiring him to embark on a myriad theatrical ventures that almost bankrupted his family on several occasions. Fortunately, wife Maud's business acumen saved the day, leaving Baum free to pen thirteen additional OZ books and other fantasies. Includes a listing of works by Baum, a bibliography and extensive index. Munchkin Land never knew a better man.; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall .


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    CHARLES DICKENS HIS LIFE AND WORK by Leacock, Stephen

    Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Near Fine. 2004. Softcover. 1550417673 . Excellent condition, slight creasing on upper corner front cover and corner of first few pages, one earmark seen. Book is otherwise clean and unmarked. B/w illustrations. "Stephen Leacock shares the stage with Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as one of the best-loved humorists in the English-speaking world, and at the time of its original publication Leacock’s biography of Dickens was widely and enthusiastically hailed as a vital, grand, and masterful examination of the man and his writing. That Leacock’s biography of the great novelist was the first to explore the humour as well as the morality of Dickens’ novels is only natural. Originally published in 1933, it is filled with sharp commentary and was a book that Leacock was enormously and justifiably proud. " (327-noto) ; 8vo .


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    One Man's Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell by Bell, Vince

    Denton, Texas, U.S.A.: Univ of North Texas Pr, 2009. Book. Near Fine. Soft cover. First Edition. Trade paperback. Near fine condition. Number 3 in the North Texas Lives of Musicians series. He was writing music, singing and doing great, until the car accident. Doctors told him he'd never recover enough to play a guitar and perform again. He didn't listen to them..


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    With All My Might: An Autobiography by Caldwell, Erskine [Preston]

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.: Peachtree Pub Ltd, 1987. First Trade Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Fine black quarter-cloth over black boards. Fine red black pictorial DJ. (1987), 8vo, [9], 2-332pp. "Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 - April 11, 1987) was an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South in novels such as Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was deprecating the people of the region." Wikipedia


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    Samuel Johnson by Bate, W. Jackson

    Washington D. C.: Counterpoint Press. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1998. Softcover. 1887178767 . Index, notes, illustrations. Winner of the National Book Award, The National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. ; 646 pages .


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    Ellen Terry and Bernard Shaw : A Correspondence by ed.Christopher st John

    Constable, 1931. VG. 23x15.5cm.,.


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    Ever the Winds of Chance by Sandburg, Carl

    Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Stamping from the bookstore at the . Carl Sandburg home NHS on the half title page. Jacket mildly chipped along . the edges.. 1983. Second Printing. Hardcover. 0252010892 . Brown cloth. xiii, 172 pages. Black and white photos, index. An autobiography of Sandburg's college years and early adulthood edited by his daughter Margaret Sandburg and George Hendrick. .


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    Invented Lives: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by Mellow, James R

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1984. Closed tear to jacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good-. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The Letters of Nancy Mitford by Mosely, Charlotte (editor) ; Mitford, Nancy

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1993. 1st US printing. Hardcover. 0395570417 . White paper boards quarter-bound in white cloth. xxii, 538 pages. Editor's note, acknowledgements, chronological table, family tree, black and white illustrations and photographs, bibliographical notes, and index. A collection of correspondence drawing on thousands of letters produced over six decades including an important selection of letters to her literary mentor Evelyn Waugh. .


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