Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1979. Advance Review Copy. Octavo, publisher's stiff illustrated wraps, printed paper label mounted to upper wrap, red endpapers, original acetate dust jacket.
"The wind blew the dust along the ground into his mouth as he sang." Advance review copy of American expatriate writer, translator, and composer Paul Bowles’s landmark short story collection. Comprising thirty-nine pieces written between 1939 and 1976, the volume’s publication is considered a crucial moment in the writer’s career. By the late 1970s, many of Bowles’s works had been long out of print. The critical and popular success of Collected Stories renewed interest in his work and introduced him to a new generation of readers. Published by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press, which published several of Bowles's books. While Bowles was pleased with his new publisher (and the Collected Stories National Book Award nomination), in letters to his agent from the time he often complained of being "infuriated" with Martin’s delayed payment of royalties. Introduction by Gore Vidal, who describes the stories as "among the best ever written by an American." Advance review copy preceding publication of the hardcover, trade paperback and limited editions, with advance review stamp to front endpaper and publisher's or early owner's title note in marker to spine of acetate dust jacket. Some soiling to mounted label; some chipping to dust jacket. Very good. Uncommon in this format. Item #6990