New York: Viking, 1986. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's mustard cloth over tan paper-covered boards, spine stamped in brown, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Sad; so sad, those smoky-rose, smoky-mauve evenings of late autumn, sad enough to pierce the heart. The sun departs the sky in winding sheets of gaudy cloud; anguish enters the city, a sense of the bitterest regret, a nostalgia for things we never knew, anguish of the turn of the year, the time of impotent yearning, the inconsolable season." First US edition of English novelist and essayist Angela Carter's third collection of short fiction (originally published in the UK in 1985 as Black Venus). Comprised of eight vibrant fictional retellings drawn from American history, literary legend, and folk tales, this collection gives voice to Charles Baudelaire's Creole mistress Jeanne Duval, takes the story of Tamburlaine's wife and grants her a novel denouement, recounts the last hours before Lizzie Borden's infamous axe murders, and more. Author photo to rear flap of dust jacket by Tara Heinemann. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket. Item #2686