Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1989. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 signed/numbered hardcover copies, 243 pp., signed by Bukowski. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJZ0011
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was "a prolific underground writer who used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life and the downtrodden in American society. A cult hero, Bukowski relied on experience, emotion, and imagination in his work, using direct language and violent and sexual imagery" (n.b., from the web site of the Poetry Foundation). As much as he achieved popular acclaim during his lifetime, his reputation and following have only increased after his death.
In this novel, "Hollywood" Bukowski "fictionalizes his experiences writing the screenplay for the film 'Barfly' and taking part in its tumultuous journey to the silver screen" (n.b., quote from Wiki).
___DESCRIPTION: Red cloth shelfback, paper spine label with red and black lettering, pictorial ivory paper over boards with lettering in red, the title in various colourss on the rear board, lavender endpapers, title page in red, black and green, this number 390 of 500 signed/numbered copies (total hardcover edition 1676); octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-8] 9-239 [1, blank] [1, colophon, signed by Bukowski in black ink] [1, black and white photograph of Bukowski] [1, author bio]. In a dust wrapper of acetate from the publisher. Loosely laid in is the poster prospectus, a single sheet folded twice for mailing, in pink, purple, blue and black.
___CONDITION: Fine overall, the boards clean, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a couple of very light stray marks on the top edge of the text block, else fine. The publisher's acetate dust wrapper near fine with light overall marks.
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