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Cover Image: Ironweed by KENNEDY, William

Ironweed

First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper with a minor crease to the top of the... more>>

Cover Image: Elliott's Last Legacy: Secrets of the King of All Kard Kings. Many tricks that have mystified the best Magicians of the world, Laid bare for the first time, together with many novel inventions, Taken from note books left by Dr. James William Elliott by HOUDINI, (Harry), edited by

Elliott's Last Legacy: Secrets of the...

First edition. Illustrations by Oscar S. Teale. Compiled by Clinton Burgess.... more>>

Cover Image: Double Jeopardy by GOLDSMITH, Martin

Double Jeopardy

First edition. Near fine with light wear to the boards, some darkening to the... more>>

Cover Image: Poems, Chiefly Lyrical by TENNYSON, Alfred

Poems, Chiefly Lyrical

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November begins with the Long Island bookfair. Although the fair is the same, and has been running more than 30 years, the location is new (and improved). Please find us exhibiting at Hofstra University. The fair is held in the University Center, and there is plenty of free parking. Saturday, November 1st, 11am - 6pm and November 2nd, 11am - 4pm. If you would like a free entrance ticket, please email us.

This Week...

This week in literary history.

1745 Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, best remembered (and still read) today for his classic Gulliver's Travels died on October 19, 1745 at age 77.

1772 English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, author of Christabel, Kubla Khan, and his masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was born in Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire. His well-known opium habit was partly the product of a very unhappy personal life - when he was young his good friend Robert Southey convinced him to marry a woman he didn't love as part of a scheme to found a utopian society, then Southey backed out of the plan. Later he fell in love with his other good friend William Wordsworth's future sister-in-law, another relationship which didn't work out.

1831 American poet and novelist Helen Hunt Jackson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on October 18, 1831. She is best remembered for her novel Ramona, which was intended to draw attention to the plight of the Native American but instead romanticized California's Mission Era.

1838 American author, artist, and engineer F. Hopkinson Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 23, 1838. His great-grandfather was Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His 1891 book Colonel Carter of Cartersville was selected as a Johnson Highspot of American Literature, and he built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty.

1845 American poet Will Carleton, who often wrote about rural life and whose 1873 book Farm Ballads is a Johnson Highspot of American Literature, was born in Lenawee County, Michigan on October 21, 1845. His poetry, once quite popular, continues to provide many homespun quotes such as "To appreciate heaven well, it's good for a person to have some fifteen minutes of hell."

1851 On October 18, 1851 the true first edition of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was published in London in a slightly expurgated form as The Whale. The American edition was published a month later.

1859 French philosopher and Nobel laureate in Literature Henri Bergson, author of Creative Evolution, was born in Paris.

1888 Playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill was born in New York City. Among the many great works by this celebrated dramatist were Mourning Becomes Electra, Strange Interlude, The Iceman Cometh, and the autobiographical, posthumously produced Long Day's Journey Into Night.

1896 American novelist H.L. Davis was born in Yoncalla, Oregon on October 18, 1896. Initially a poet, he was encouraged to write prose by H.L Mencken and his first novel, Honey in the Horn, won the Pulitzer Prize.

1898 Anglo-American novelist and jounalist Harold Frederic, author of Illumination, Gloria Mundi, and The Damnation of Theron Ware, died in England at age 42, after suffering a paralyzing stroke. A devout Christian Scientist, he refused medical attention and his daughter testified at a coroner's inquest that he was insane. The jury's verdict was that he wasn't crazy, but merely "obstinate, and self-opinionated," as evidenced by his continuing to send stories to the London Times up to a week before his death.

1899 Guatemalan diplomat, poet, novelist, and Nobel laureate Miguel Angel Asturias, author of The President and Men of Maize, was born in Guatemala City.

1903 American satirist Nathanael West, author of Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, was born in New York City.

1905 Frederic Dannay, who with his cousin Manfred B. Lee created the character/author Ellery Queen, was born in Brooklyn.

1912 British-American novelist and journalist Robert Barr, best known for his mystery work Triumphs of Eugene Valmont, died in Woldingham, Surrey at age 62.

1915 American playwright Arthur Miller, whose modern classics included Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, was born in New York City.

1919 British writer Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook, The Good Terrorist, and her Children of Violence series, was born in Kermansha, Iran on October 22, 1919. She was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature - at the age of 88 she overtook Theodor Mommsen as the oldest person to win the award (he'd held that title since 1902, so it was about time).

1926 Ernest Hemingway's first major novel, The Sun Also Rises, was published on October 22, 1926. It quickly became a cornerstone of the Lost Generation.

1931 John le Carre, arguably the best writer of Cold War espionage thrillers, was born David Cornwell in Dorset, England. Among his many novels are Call for the Dead, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

1939 Prolific novelist Zane Grey died in Altadena, California on October 23, 1939 at age 67 of heart failure. He trained as a dentist at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced for a half-dozen years before privately printing a novel of pioneer life based on an ancestor. This was followed by numerous westerns, including The Heritage of the Desert and The Riders of the Purple Sage.

1940 Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls was published on October 21, 1940.

1942 Physician and thriller author Michael Crichton, whose many bestsellers include A Case of Need, The Andromeda Strain, and Jurassic Park, was born in Chicago.

1946 Austrian playwright, novelist, and Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek was born in Murzzuschlag.

1950 The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, author of "Renascence," died of a heart attack on the steps of her home in Austerlitz, New York, on October 19, 1950 at age 48, with a poem clutched in her hand. In 1923 she had become the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver.

1951 Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was born in Port Huron, Michigan on October 18, 1951.

1959 Rabbit, Run, the first book in John Updike's award-winning series featuring Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, was published.

1964 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler's first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published on October 19, 1964.

1969 Beat novelist Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road and The Dharma Bums, died of a stomach hemorrhage in St. Petersburg, Florida at age 47.

1979 American humorist S.J. Perelman died in New York City at age 75. In addition to many excellent contributions to The New Yorker and plays such as One Touch of Venus, he also wrote the screenplays for the Marx Brothers films Monkey Business and Horse Feathers. Perelman was the brother-in-law of satirist Nathanael West.

1990 American novelist Thomas Williams died of lung cancer on October 23, 1990 in Dover, New Hampshire at the age of 63.

1995 British novelist Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim and The Old Devils, died in London at age 73 after a fall.

1998 British mystery writer Eric Ambler, whose long career included The Mask of Dimitrios and Light of Day, died in his hometown of London on October 22, 1998 at the age of 89.

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