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Cover Image: The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Man. A Sermon Preached at Princeton, On the 17th of May, 1776. Being the General Fast appointed by the Congress through the United Colonies. To which is added, An Address to the Natives of Scotland residing in America by WITHERSPOON, John

The Dominion of Providence over the...

First edition. Small octavo. 78pp., plus errata. Bound in early marbled paper... more>>

Cover Image: The Glass Menagerie by WILLIAMS, Tennessee

The Glass Menagerie

First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with very small chips at the spine... more>>

Cover Image: A Sweet Devouring by WELTY, Eudora

A Sweet Devouring

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Cover Image: Lord of the Flies by GOLDING, William

Lord of the Flies

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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.

1469 Dutch humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus, author of The Praise of Folly, was born (probably in Rotterdam, but possibly in Gouda, which sounds pretty messy).

1726 Irish satirist Jonathan Swift's best remembered work, the classic Gulliver's Travels, was published on October 28, 1726.

1787 The first of The Federalist Papers was published. These articles arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.

1795 The English Romantic poet John Keats was born in London.

1811 Jane Austen's first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, appeared anonymously. She had sold the manuscript to an earlier novel, what would eventually become Northanger Abbey, eight years before, but it was not published until after her death.

1821 The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose classics included Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Notes from the Underground, and The Brothers Karamazov, was born in Moscow. Following some early writings he was arrested for revolutionary activity against the Tsar and sentenced to death. After he and fellow prisoners were led outside and waited to be shot, his sentence was commuted to hard labor in Siberia. Several years after his release he began to write again, producing his major works.

1863 British journalist, mystery writer, and art historian Arthur Morrison was born in Kent. He is best remembered for his atmospheric and reform-inspiring tales of the London slums including A Child of the Jago, his fictional private detective Martin Hewitt, and his monumental reference work The Painters of Japan.

1871 Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage and "The Open Boat," was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 1, 1871.

1880 American novelist and short-story writer Julia Peterkin, primarily known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Scarlet Sister Mary, and Roll, Jordan, Roll, her collaboration with photographer Doris Ulmann, was born in Laurens County, South Carolina on October 31, 1880. Though white, she often wrote of the Southern African-American experience and her work was banned from public libraries in her home state.

1880 Sholem Asch, perhaps the best known modern writer of Yiddish literature, was born in Kutno, Poland. His writings include God of Vengeance, The Nazarene, and Mottke the Thief.

1899 Grant Allen, author of The Type-Writer Girl, The Woman Who Did, and the Queen's Quorum selection An African Millionaire, died in England at age 51.

1903 Satirical novelist Evelyn Waugh, whose works include Decline and Fall, Brideshead Revisited, and The Loved One, was born in London.

1903 German archeologist and historian Theodor Mommsen, often considered the greatest classicist of the 19th Century, died in Charlottenburg a month shy of his 86th birthday. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the previous year for his monumental Romische Geschichte. Though largely forgotten today, Mommsen has two Nobel laureate claims to fame: he was both the first born of all Literature laureates, and for over a century also the oldest person to receive the award for Literature (at age 85, a title he held until Doris Lessing won the award at age 88 in 2007)

1905 English satirist Henry Green, author of such laconically titled works as Living, Party Going, Nothing, and Doting, was born near Tewkesbruy, Gloustershire.

1906 Mystery and science-fiction author Fredric Brown, whose works included The Fabulous Clipjoint, The Screaming Mimi, That Mad Universe, and Martians, Go Home, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 29, 1906. Among his many stories is what some people consider the shortest horror story ever: "The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door."

1907 French playwright Alfred Jarry, author of the satirical farce Ubu Roi, died of tuberculosis in Paris on November 1, 1907 at age 34.

1911 Greek poet and Nobel laureate Odysseus Elytis was born Iraklion, Crete. Born the scion of the prosperous Alepoudhelis family, he abandoned the family name as a young man in order to dissociate his writing from the family soap business.

1920 Richard Stanley Francis, better known as the jockey and then mystery writer Dick Francis, was born in Temby, Wales. His nine year career as a jockey was cut short by an accident in 1957, the same year he published his first book.

1922 Thomas Nelson Page, who popularized the plantation tradition genre with In Ole Virginia, died in his native Hanover County, Virginia on November 1, 1922 at age 69.

1924 Frances Hodgson Burnett, American playwright and author of several excellent children's books including Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden, died of heart failure in Plandome, New York on October 29, 1924 at age 74.

1932 American poet Sylvia Plath, wife of fellow-poet Ted Hughes and author of The Colossus and the novel The Bell Jar, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932.

1936 William Faulkner published Absalom, Absalom!, considered by many to be his greatest achievement, on October 26, 1936.

1940 Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and Tripmaster Monkey, was born in Stockton, California.

1950 Dramatist and critic George Bernard Shaw, author of numerous plays including Pygmalion, Man and Superman, and Saint Joan, died in Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, at age 94. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1925; he accepted the award but refused the accompanying monetary prize.

1951 Hortense Calisher's first book, In the Absence of Angels, was published on November 1, 1951.

1960 American novelist H.L. Davis died in San Antonio, Texas on October 31, 1960, shortly after his 64th birthday. 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.

1968 American novelist Conrad Richter, author of The Sea of Life, the Pulitzer Prize-winner The Town, and the National Book Award-winner The Waters of Kronos, died in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on October 30, 1968, two weeks after his 78th birthday.

1973 Biographer and historian Catherine Drinker Bowen, author of Miracle at Philadelphia and the National Book Award-winning The Lion and the Throne, died in her hometown, Haverford, Pennsylvania, at age 76.

1975 Mystery author Rex Stout died in Danbury, Connecticut at age 88. He is best known for his fictional sleuth, the reclusive gourmand Nero Wolfe, who appeared in Fer-de-Lance and 45 additional works.

1975 William Gaddis's second book, JR, was published, twenty years after his first book, The Recognitions, on October 29, 1975..

1977 Mystery writer James M. Cain, author of such classics as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, died in University Park, Maryland on October 27, 1977 at age 85.

1988 Prolific British biographer and literary historian Peter Quennell died in London on October 27, 1993 at age 88.

1994 Tennessee novelist and short-story writer Peter Taylor, who won the Pulitzer Prize for A Summons to Memphis, died in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 2, 1994 at age 77.

1996 Australian mystery writer Charlotte Jay died in her hometown of Adelaide on October 27, 1996 at age 76. She wrote only nine books, but they were celebrated for their unusual settings. The haunting Beat Not The Bones won the first Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year in 1954.

2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Styron, best known for The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice, died in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts on November 1, 2006 at age 81.

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