Passion and Affect [Signed Association Copy -- copy of Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's daughter]
Passion and Affect [Signed Association Copy -- copy of Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's daughter]
Passion and Affect [Signed Association Copy -- copy of Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's daughter]
Passion and Affect [Signed Association Copy -- copy of Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's daughter]

Passion and Affect [Signed Association Copy -- copy of Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's daughter]

New York: The Viking Press, 1974. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good or better copy of the first edition, first printing (age fading to the board extremities, a thin strip of sunning to the spine's top edge, foxing to the page block's closed edges), in a Fine spine-sunned dust jacket, DATED, INSCRIBED, AND SIGNED BY LAURIE COLWIN TO IRVING BERLIN'S DAUGHTER, MARY ELLIN (BARRETT) on the front free endpaper; Laurie Colwin's DEBUT BOOK, a collection of short stories. Of this Debut, Kirkus Reviews states: "The short story is by definition almost no more than a sidelong glance at people who disappear before you manage to remember their names -- like Laurie Colwin's almost always attractive characters who are "on the verge" of their lives and may not get any place at all. Or just move on some place else with someone else. This is a first collection with nothing unfinished about it at all (a good many of the stories have had New Yorker or Mademoiselle or Redbook appearances)." In her Obituary -- Colwin died from a heart attack at age 48 -- the New York Times stated: "Ms. Colwin's writing won praise for its intelligence, wit and style. Critics said she displayed a keen ear and eye for the ways of the middle- and upper-class New York characters she portrayed. Her stories were noted for refreshingly happy endings in tales of love, both in and outside of marriage. A New York Times review said she "uses her elegant, delicately colored prose to explore the effects of a relationship on a psyche." The Village Voice said her work "conjures up Manet's picnic painting as it might be reinterpreted by Koren," the cartoonist. Judith Rascoe said in Rolling Stone: "I can't give you plot summaries that you can retell at your next party. But when you've read the stories, your next party may seem to you as if Laurie Colwin had written it." Having a fine Association, this copy belonged to Irving Berlin's daughter Mary Ellin Barrett, a fellow writer, and is inscribed by Colwin to Barrett on the front free endpaper in the month of publication, as follows: "1.23.74 // to Mary Ellin, // with love / and thanks for / friendship, instruction, / aid and abettment, concern and care // with love + devotion // Laurie". [The book was published in the UK under the title "Dangerous French Mistress & Other Stories ".] With reference to Passion and Affect, Laurie Colwan stated in a letter to a fan the following: "Dear Mr. Monte: You certainly are a loyal fan. It's a pleasure to sign the books. The hard cover of P&A is almost a rare book. Dealers in New York have it for a shaming price but I bet you will find it at a tag sale for 25c. Thanks again. Laurie Colwin." (The foregoing quote per bookseller Daniel Montemarano who, as of the date this description was written, has listed a copy of this book accompanied by such letter.) An altogether Very Good or better copy of this DEBUT BOOK; AN EXCELLENT ASSOCIATION COPY. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY LAURIE COLWIN IN THE MONTH OF PUBLICATION. QUITE SCARCE INDEED. Very good / fine. Item #848

Price: $250.00

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