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LURIE, Alison.

V. R. Lang: a Memoir.

Published: Munich: [privately printed], 1959

Stock code: 109603

Price: £350

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First and limited edition of Lurie’s first book, 300 copies were printed. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title: “For Wong, Alison Lurie”. The character “Walter Wong” appears in Lurie’s novel The Nowhere City (1965). “One of Lurie’s first projects when she began to write again [following two unpublished novels and the birth of her three children] was a memoir of her Poets’ Theatre friend V. R. (Bunny) Lang, who had died of cancer in 1956. It was published privately in 1959. ‘I wrote it because I was afraid I would forget all that stuff and I wanted some sort of record… Some friends got 200 copies [sic] printed in Europe and we sent them out. Someone then sent a copy to an editor in New York, who wrote to me asking if I had a novel. But if the photocopy hadn’t been invented, who knows, I might never have been published'” (The Guardian online).

Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers with cover design by Edward Gorey. With the glassine dust jacket. A few tears to glassine jacket, light offsetting from rear wrapper to endpaper. An excellent copy.

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