Feminine Wiles. Jane Bowles, Tennessee Williams, introduction.
Feminine Wiles

Feminine Wiles

Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1976. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's brown cloth over beige textured paper-covered boards, paper spine label and upper board printed in teal and sienna, brown endpapers, original acetate dust jacket.

First edition of this posthumous collection of stories, sketches, letters and a short play by itinerant American writer Bowles, with an foreword by Tennessee Williams, a close personal friend: "In appearance she was a lovely girl, small, piquant, darting between humor, anxiety, love and distraction. I had met nervous girls before, but her quicksilver animation, her continual cries, to me and herself: 'Shall we do this or shall we do that? What shall we do?' showed such an extreme kind of excited indecision that I was skeptical of its reality – intrigued, certainly, but still somewhat incredulous." Born into an affluent New York Jewish family, Bowles eschewed tradition and gravitated towards a bohemian lifestyle of hedonism and intellect. She and her husband, the novelist, short story writer and composer Paul Bowles, were opnely bisexual and preferred to take lovers outside of their marriage. Illustrated with nine black-and-white photos; with a one-page biography by Paul Bowles. One of 500 unnumbered copies in boards (published simultaneously in paperback and in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies). Fine. Item #2480


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