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Title/Author Call # Copyright Donated By Notes and Images
All the king’s men / by Robert Penn Warren F W292a 1946 Mrs. Daniel Longwell Notes Image Image 

First edition first printing with “First Edition” stated on the copyright page. Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1946. Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Perhaps one of the greatest American Political novels. Source book for the Multi-Oscar Award Winning Film of the same name. Film starred Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark, a character based on Huey Long of Louisiana. Filmed again in 2006 with Sean Penn in the starring role.
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Born of the sun / Culp, John H. F-m C968b 1959 Notes Image Image Image 

First edition, first printing. Author’s scarce first book. Historical novel of “a boy who moved to and grew up in a small town in West Texas, shortly after the end of the Civil War.”
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Cup of gold ; a life of Henry Morgan, buccaneer, with occasional reference to history /John Steinbeck F S819c 1929 Notes Image Image Image 

First edition, first printing of John Steinbeck’s first book. Cup of Gold This is Steinbeck’s first novel and only piece of historical fiction. The book is loosely based on the pirate Henry Morgan, whose two main goals are to conquer Panama City (the “cup of gold”) and to win the heart of La Santa Roja, a woman rumored to be as beautiful as the sun. Although this was his first work and is somewhat unique in plot, Cup of Gold shows the author’s early interest in themes he continued to use throughout his career as a writer: piracy and myth. Steinbeck’s rarest book. Only 1,537 copies of the first printing were issued. Close
Good-bye, Mr. Chippendale / illustrated by Mary Petty 749.2 R667g 1944 Mrs. Daniel Longwell Notes Image Image 

Illustrated by Mary Petty. Dust jacket in fair condition. First edition, first printing. Scarce book in any condition.
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Leave her to heaven / by Ben Ames Williams. F W721L 1944 Jerry Trey Notes

First edition. The story of a woman who cheated earthly justice at every turn. Ellen was judge and executioner. She knew how to escape earth’s usual penalties. Never was there a woman whose appearance so belied her heart. The perfection of her proportions without concealed a fierce unbalance within. Against this volatile force is set the strength of a man’s inward honesty. Here is a struggle between two natures irreconcilably opposed, drawn together by the fatal attraction of equal forces. Basis for a movie by the same name starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, and Vincent Price. Scarce edition.
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Moby Dick, or, the whale /by Herman Melville None 1930 Notes Image Image 

1930 edition. Illustrated throughout by Rockwell Kent. Presumed first edition. Wonderful edition with woodcut illustrations. Interestingly, while Melville wrote Moby Dick in 1851, it was almost neglected until Kent elected to illustrate the story; his illustrated version had tremendous success and revived the novel for the 20th century. Limited edition.
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Native son / by Richard Wright. F W952n 1940 Notes Image Image  Image 

First edition. Wright’s first novel, which catapulted him into national fame. “The book is a shattering portrait of Bigger Thomas, the protagonist, who is a product of racism and oppression. The novel takes its readers through treacherous corridors of violence and retribution as it reflects much of the unrest in the American racial system”. While Wright provides no apologies for his protagonist’s crimes, he portrays quite succulently the systemic inevitability behind them. A stage version of the novel, co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, was written in 1941, and Wright would go on to star a Bigger in Pierre Chenal’s 1951 film adaptation of the novel. A cornerstone work of 20th century African American literature. First printing.
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No justice : the Jim Schnick story an in depth investigation reveals the innocence of a man sentenced to die for seven famlicide murders in Webster County, MO, based on a true story / by Bill Dwayne Blevins. 364.1523 B647n c. 2 2006 Notes

Signed and numbered by author.
Copy no. 120 of 1000 copies. Signed. Library processing. An in-depth investigation reveals the innocence of a man sentenced to die for seven familicide murders in Webster County, MO.
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Of human bondage / W. Somerset Maugham. F M449o 1936 Notes

The first illustrated edition of this famous book. Many believe this is Maugham’s greatest effort. Made into a film in 1934 starring Bette Davis in her breakout performance and again in 1964 with Kim Novak as the manipulative Mildred Rogers.
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Personal memoirs of U. S. Grant. In two volumes : [prospectus]. SpecCol 923.173 G763p v.1-2 1885 Notes Image Image Image  Image 

First edition. Many people mistakenly believe sets of this are actually inscribed by Grant. Grant died just days after the manuscript was turned over to the publisher, and never lived to see the work in book form, let alone inscribe any copies of it. “Ulysses S. Grant’s autobiography recounts the campaigns and battles in which he participated during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. Omitting detailed discussion of his childhood and presidency, Grant focuses most of his attention on his military career. This is a straight-forward, clearly-written memoir by one of the men responsible for the Union Army’s victory.” [Pub. Info] Completed five days before his death. Published and sold by Mark Twain through a patriotic appeal to Northerners by 10,000 salesmen. His memoirs are highly regarded by both historians and literary critics.
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Sapphira and the slave girl /by Willa Cather None 1940 Notes Image Image Image 

Stated first edition, first printing. Dust jacket in perfect condition. Publisher’s bright green cloth, with pale blue paper labels lettered in black and orange to the front board and spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Rudolph Ruzicka, with a decorative rose border surrounding black title panels, lettered in white. Sapphira and the Slave Girl is a pastoral novel set in antebellum Virginia shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Specifically, it tells the story of Sapphira Colbert, a white woman who is irrationally concerned that her husband is having an affair with one of her slaves. Rather than present an argument for or against slavery, Cather attempts to paint a realistic portrait of the paradoxes inherent in the “peculiar institution” with this text. Willa Cather’s last novel, published in 1940. It is the story of Sapphira Dodderidge Colbert, a bitter but privileged white woman, who becomes irrationally jealous of Nancy, a beautiful young slave. The book balances an atmospheric portrait of antebellum Virginia against an unblinking view of the lives of Sapphira’s slaves. Close
The sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. / by Washington Irving. SpecCol 810.8 I72s 2 1902 Notes Image Image 

Illustrated edition. Illustrated with 4 b/w plates. Collection of 34 essays and short stories by Washington Irving, marking Irving’s first use of the pseudonym “Geoffrey Crayon”. The Sketch Book was the first widely read work of American literature in Britain and Europe. The reputation of American writers with an international audience. Tales include “Rip Van Winkle”, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, “Roscoe”, “The Broken Heart”, “The Art of Book-Making”, “A Royal Poet”, “The Spectre Bridegroom”, “Westminster Abbey”, “Little Britain” and “John Bull”. Irving’s stories were highly influenced by German folktales.
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Slaughterhouse-five ; or, The children’s crusade, a duty-dance with death / Kurt Vonnegut. F V947s 1969 Notes Image Image 

Signed by author.
First edition, third printing. Bound in blue cloth. A satirical novel written by Kurt Vonnegut about the World War II experiences and journeys through time of Billy Pilgrim, from his time as an American soldier and chaplain’s assistant, to postwar and early years. It is generally recognized as Vonngut’s most influential and popular work. A central event is Pilgrim’s surviving the allies’ firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner-of-war. This was an event in Vonnegut’s own life, and the novel is considered semi-autobiographical.
No dust jacket. Slight wear on top of book and binding, library processing. Close
A soldier’s story / Omar Nelson Bradley. 940.542 B811s 1951 Mr. Daniel Longwell Notes Image 

First edition. Hardcover. 200 signed pre-signed copies published. However, this is NOT a Signed Edition. Signed by Omar Bradley with a PERSONAL message to Dan Longwell for his assistance and support. Bradley was one of just nine military officers (and the last) to achieve 5-star rank.
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Tonio : son of the Sierras : a story of the Apache War / by General Charles King … ; illustrations by Charles J. Post. F K52t 1906 Notes Image 

First edition, scarce in this condition in the first edition. Includes tinted frontispiece by Charles J. Post, who decorated the remainder of this copy. A classic western written by general Charles King.
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The voyage out / by Virginia Woolf F W913v 1920 Notes Image  Image 

First U.S. edition of Woolf’s first novel (Published 5 years after UK edition). One of Woolf’s wittiest, socially satirical novels, Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father’s ship, and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a modern version of the mythic voyage. A scarce edition of this novel, the copy is in good condition. The text was revised by Woolf for this edition.
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Where angels fear to tread / by E.M. Forster. F F733w 1920 Notes Image Image 

First US edition. Out of print. One of 2,600 printed copies. The author’s first book, published orginally in Edinburgh in 1905. The title comes from a line in Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism:”For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and traveling companion Caroline Abbott, widowed Lilia Herriton falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband’s family send Lilia’s brother-in-law to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but he arrives too late. Lilia marries the Italian and in due course becomes pregnant again. When she dies giving birth to her child, the Herritons consider it both their right and their duty to travel to Monteriano to obtain custody of the infant so that he can be raised as an Englishman. Similarly to A Room with a View, both Italy and its inhabitants are presented as exuding an irresistible charm, to which eventually also Caroline Abbott succumbs. However, there is a tragic ending to the novel, while the film adds a suggestively positive scene. From reading Where Angels Fear to Tread one might conclude that Forster had an intimate knowledge of the Italian culture he describes. However, the author himself admits that that is not the case: “What’s so remarkable is my own temerity. For I placed Gino firmly in his society although I knew nothing about it.” (Stallybrass, 8) Forster purposely uses certain widely known clichés about Italy. Thus, the reader is – on a certain level – familiar with the Italian society that is described, because he is familiar with the stereotypes that Forster presents. Such clichés are for instance the romantic fascination with the natural beauty of Italy and the vital joy of living of its inhabitants. The author uses Italy as a convenient background to criticize English morals and values. Italy may be a positive contrast to England as Winkgens states, but Forster does not see Italy as an idealized country. Perhaps the most striking difference between the culture of Monteriano and of Sawston is the role and position of women. English society is portrayed as being matriarchal: it is Mrs. Herriton, and not a male character, who dominates Sawston. Monteriano, on the other hand, is pictured as being a patriarchal society.
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White Fang / by Jack London. F L847w 1906 Notes Image Image 

First edition. Book features illustrated end papers, a color frontispiece and a number of full-page color plates. The story takes place in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang’s journey to domestication. It is a companion novel to London’s best-known work, The Call of the Wild.
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The works of Laurence Sterne … / With a life of the author, written by himself. 823.6 S839w 1802 Russell Perkins Notes Image 

7 Complete Volume Set. Laurence Sterne was an Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, and also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics.
Good condition, complete 7 volume set. Close