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Roiphe, Katie (Author); Mansfield, Katherine; West, Rebecca; Wells, H.G.; Woolf, Virginia & Others. UNCOMMON ARRANGEMENTS: SEVEN PORTRAITS OF MARRIED LIFE IN LONDON LITERARY CIRCLES 1910-1939. New York City, NY: The Dial Press, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 345 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Katie Roiphe's "Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life In London Literary Circles, 1910-1939". The definitive account that, together with "The Morning After", established Roiphe as one of the most provocative and brilliant culture critics of our time. "Delves deeply into one of the most layered of subjects: Marriage. Drawn in part from the private memoirs, personal correspondence, and journals of the British literary community from 1910 to the Second World War, here are seven 'marriages a la mode', each rising to the challenge of intimate relations in more or less creative ways. Jane Wells, the wife of H. G. Wells, remained his rock, despite his decade-long relationship with Rebecca West (among others). Katherine Mansfield had an irresponsible, childlike romance with her husband, John Middleton Murry, that collapsed under the strain of real-life problems. Vera Brittain and George Gordon Catlin spent years in a 'semi-detached' marriage (he in America, she in England). Vanessa Bell maintained a complicated harmony with the painter Duncan Grant, whom she loved, and her husband, Clive. Her sister Virginia Woolf, herself no stranger to marital particularities, sustained a brilliant running commentary on the most intimate details of those around her. Every chapter revolves around a crisis that occurred in each of these marriages - as serious as a life-threatening illness or as seemingly innocuous as a slightly tipsy dinner table conversation - and how it was resolved, or not resolved. Brilliantly evokes what are, as Roiphe says, 'the fluctuations and shifts in attraction, the mysteries of lasting affection, the endurance and changes in love, and the role of friendship in marriage' " (Publisher's blurb). The book is, finally, about the deepest mysteries at work and at stake in human relationships and commitments. An absolute "must-have" title for Katie Roiphe collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Katie Roiphe 3/25/16 New York City". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. This is a copy of the true First Edition. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KATIE ROIPHE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $70.00

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