The Bride of the Innisfallen

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1955).

Price: $2,000.00

Hardcover. First edition, first state with single copyright date. Slight newspaper remnant on front fly from a tipped-in review, else about fine in about fine dust jacket with a little corresponding offsetting on front flap. Inscribed by the author: "For George Bixby with every good wish - in friendship, Eudora Welty. May 23, 1978." The recipient, George Bixby, published Welty's essays *A Pageant of Birds* and *A Sweet Devouring* at his Albondocani Press series. Finalist for the National Book Award. Copies with the first state copyright page, as here, are very uncommon.

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Item #575788 The Bride of the Innisfallen. Eudora WELTY.
The Bride of the Innisfallen

Eudora Welty
birth name: Eudora Welty
born: 4/13/1909
died: 7/23/2001
nationality: USA

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Biography

American short-story writer and novelist whose work is focused with great precision on the regional manners of people inhabiting a small Mississippi town that resembles her own birthplace and the Delta country. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

A well-known poet of our acquaintance used to refer to Eudora Welty as "Aunt Meatloaf." When queried about it, his justification was "Well, everyone likes meatloaf, don't they?" This may be more true of Welty than meatloaf in an increasingly vegetarian world, but he made his point. Welty's first two real books A Curtain of Green (1941), a collection of stories; and The Robber Bridegroom (1942) are both very scarce in fine condition, with the latter title, an amusing fairy tale of sorts, always in demand. Her third book, a collection of short stories, of wartime vintage The Wide Net (1943) is just as scarce, but if you can find it with the pink spine-lettering unfaded, or barely so, it jumps up to rare in our estimation. Preceding publication of A Curtain of Green, an advance excerpt from the book called The Key was issued by the publisher. It is a rarity, and expensive when found, but surprisingly not that eagerly sought. Welty has participted in the publication of a number of limited and signed editions. Our favorite, and one of the scarcest is A Sweet Devouring (1969), a short but evocative essay about her youthful obsession with books and reading.

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