Near fine. 1st Trade Edition. 172pp. Royal Octavo. Quarter red cloth spine with yellow, orange and black pictorial paper covered boards. Yellow paper label with red and black text affixed to the spine. Dark orange endpapers. In the clear acetate jacket, as issued. Black and white photographs. Limited to a printing of 750 hardcover trade editions. Bottom edge of boards a bit rubbed. Internally clean and in near fine condition overall. near fine An attractively bound selection of correspondence between the American writer, John Fante, and the American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar, H. L. Mencken, A wonderful collection of personal letters that reveal a lot about both men, coupled with several pages of photographs. This collection edited by Michael Moreau and Joyce Fante, limited to a printing of 750 copies.
A Fine copy in a Near Fine mylar dust jacket with one slight crease to the front panel. This is one of 750 hardcover copies. This collection of letters begins when budding novelist John Fante was just 21 and editor H.L. Mencken was 50 but the difference in their ages didn't prevent Mencken from providing sympathetic counseling and encouragement to the younger writer. For over twenty years Mencken was an ardent listener to the ragings of Fante clearly looking for "fatherly" advice and professional direction and in the end both writers shared their greatest assets with each other. Catalog Creme.
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