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Bowles, Jane. PLAIN PLEASURES. London, England: Peter Owen Limited, 1966. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 185 pages. Fine/Near Fine.

Collection of short stories. One of the finest short story collections of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents, in one elegant volume, some of Jane Bowles' finest and most representative short stories. The better half of Paul Bowles, his peer as a literary artist, and acclaimed in her brief lifetime, Jane Bowles is one of the "great unknown" writers who are perennially being discovered and re-discovered by each successive generation of readers. Her best works, including this collection, will endure because they are timeless pleasures. "My only complaint against Jane Bowles is that she publishes so infrequently. One would prefer larger quantities of her strange wit, thorny insights. Certainly she is one of the really original pure-stylists, as anyone who has read 'Two Serious Ladies' will testify" (Truman Capote). "A landmark in 20th-century American literature. Her brilliant style makes it an experience to read" (Alan Sillitoe). An absolute "must-have" title for Jane Bowles collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and despite its imperfection (rubbing and wear on the fragile DJ) is still in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. All other copies available online (including a signed one that goes for $2500) have major flaws such as chipping, paper loss, previous owner's signature, price-clipped, remainder mark, you name it. This is a very nice, unread copy. A rare copy thus. Jane Bowles' "Two Serious Ladies" is widely regarded as one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A near-fine collectible copy. . $100.00

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