Anais Nin's "Ladders to Fire" interweaves the stories of several women, each emotionally inhibited in her own way: through self-doubt, fear, guilt, moral drift, and distrust. The novel follows their inner struggles to overcome these barriers to happiness and wholeness. The author's own experiences, as recorded in her famous diaries, supplied the ...
Anais Nin's "Ladders to Fire" interweaves the stories of several women, each emotionally inhibited in her own way: through self-doubt, fear, guilt, moral drift, and distrust. The novel follows their inner struggles to overcome these barriers to happiness and wholeness. The author's own experiences, as recorded in her famous diaries, supplied the raw material for her fiction. It was her intuitive, experimental, and always original style that transformed one into the other. Nin herself memorably claimed that "it was the fiction writer who edited the diary." "Ladders to Fire" is the first book of Nin's continuous novel, "Cities of the Interior, " which also includes "Children of the Albatross, ""The Four-Chambered Heart, ""A Spy in the House of Love, " and "Seduction of the Minotaur." These loosely interlinked stories develop the characters and themes established in the first volume, leading slowly toward a resolution of inner turmoil and conflict. This Swallow Press reissue of "Ladders to Fire" includes a new introduction by Nin scholar Benjamin Franklin V, as well as Gunther Stuhlmann's classic foreword to the 1995 edition.
Ian Hugo. VG. Black cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt figure to front, no jacket, 8vo. 1st edition. 213pp. Engravings by Ian Hugo throughout. Nin's first novel, dedicated to a young Gore Vidal, in the days before acrimony set in. VG. Gilt on spine rubbed and just barely present, still clear but slightly dulled on front cloth. Light shelving soil upper page edges. Binding tight and square. pp.197-204 poorly cut with chips but no tearing to margins well away from text. Pages overall bright, sharp and unmarked.
Good. 1959 Hardcover 1st US-1st Printing illus. 152 p. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Very good in fair price-clipped dust jacket, in fresh mylar cover; dampstain to cloth and jacket on top third of spine, toning and edge-chipping to jacket, small address label on ffep else a tight square unmarked copy in clipped dust jacket.
Very Good in Good dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. E. P. Dutton. 1946. 213 pgs. DJ in G shape with chipping to the DJ especially around the area around the crown and heel of the DJ spine. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 487; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 213 pages.
Very Good in Very Good + jacket. This STATED FIRST EDITION is in NEAR FINE condition. Book's copyright page states "First Edition" near top of the page. Book is in Near Fine condition with black cloth binding with gilt ladder illustration framed in 2.5" x 2.75" box and bold gilt lettering to spine. Book's spine tips and corners are very gently bumped with binding and insides tight, bright, clean and unmarked. NO previous owner's or library markings and NO foxing. Black and white illustrations from engravings by IAN HUGO. DW is covered by mylar with price point of $2.75 still intact at bottom right of front flap. DW is in VERY GOOD+ condition with brown and orange illustration of fire's flames with 3 ladders up to the flames wraps around from front cover to spine. DW's bold red lettering, and black & white lettering to front cover and spine. DW's spine tips and corners are gently bumped and worn. Back cover has reviews on rubbed and lightly soiled white background with 3 approx 1/4" repaired tears to top and bottom edge otherwise DW is Near Fine. "In her novel, Ladders to Fire, ANAIS NIN deals powerfully with the problem of modern woman as she attempts to integrate her feminine self while imitating the patterns of man and sometimes falls prey to strange and twisted emotions."-from front flap. LADDERS TO FIRE, copyright 1946, hardcover, 5.75" x 8.25", 213pp, uncut pages.
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