The Room-Mating Season [Signed Association Copy - contemporarily dated]. Rona Jaffe, Kaufman.
The Room-Mating Season [Signed Association Copy - contemporarily dated]
The Room-Mating Season [Signed Association Copy - contemporarily dated]
The Room-Mating Season [Signed Association Copy - contemporarily dated]

The Room-Mating Season [Signed Association Copy - contemporarily dated]

New York: Dutton, 2003. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good + to Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (a bit askew, a touch of pushing to the spine head), in a Fine dust jacket, an ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED SIGNED AND DATED by Rona Jaffe to renowned New York City Restauranteur Elaine Kaufman on the front free endpaper as follows: "For Elaine / Thank you for so / many wonderful evenings / through the years - // Love // Rona // 4.2.03". Elaine Kaufman owned the highly popular Manhattan restaurant "Elaine's" where prominent authors, actors, and other celebrities often ate. Seen as a salty den mother, Elaine took no flack from anyone. (She and Norman Mailer had an argument one day, whereupon she kicked him out of the restaurant. Mailer vowed to never return and thereafter wrote her an unflattering letter. She wrote "Boring" on the letter and sent it back to him.) In "Elaine's" sat a row of tables along one wall of the restaurant's main room that were held for the use by regular diners -- a group which included Norman Mailer, Woody Allen (who filmed a scene for his movie "Manhattan" at Elaine's), Gay Talese, George Plimpton, Peter Maas, Dan Jenkins, Joseph Heller, Mario Puzo, Frank Conroy and many others. Diners also included theater, film, and television personalities as well as sports figures, politicians, and gossip-column society. Celebrity diners were so common at Elaine's that a rule evolved that customers should pay no special attention to the celebrity diners. The rule was broken, however, when Mick Jagger dined there (“The room grew still,” Elaine said) and when Luciano Pavarotti ate there when, on his entry, all of the other diners stood and applauded. Unsurprisingly, Willie Nelson, could never be ignored as each time he came he kissed every woman at the bar. Famous artists also came, including Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell. The restaurant's reputation for attracting celebrities was memorialized by Billy Joel (whose song "Big Shot" contains the line “They were all impressed with your Halston dress / And the people that you knew at Elaine’s.” Kaufman, in spite of her reputation for being gruff, was also known for having a soft heart for writers as those who had not yet met with success were allowed to dine on credit -- among them being Winston Groom who could later afford to pay his bill after the success of "Forest Gump". Kaufman's love for writers was further exhibited by her removal of book jackets from the books that authors gave her which dust jackets she framed and hung on the restaurant's walls, and so great was her fame that in 2003 (the year this Jaffe book was issued), the New York Landmarks Conservancy named Kaufman a "Living Landmark". Signed copies of Jaffe's works are not terribly common to the market, copies of this work are especially so, and signed association copies -- especially to fellow New York celebrities are REMARKABLY SCARCE. A Very Good + to Near Fine SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY, PRESENTED BY RONA JAFFE TO FAMOUS NEW YORK RESTAURANTEUR ELAINE KAUFMAN. Near fine / fine. Item #922

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