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WOLFE, Thomas
Carolina Folk-Plays
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1924. 8vo. xxxiv, 173 pages, 7-page advertisements at end. 8 photographic illustrations including one which shows Wolfe portraying Buck Gavin, two woodcuts by J.J. Lankes and another by Mary De B. Graves. Original tan cloth; apparently contemporary plain glassine wrapper. FIRST EDITION of Thomas Wolfe's first book appearance, following the separate publication of his "Crisis in Industry." Includes Wolfe's play "The Return of Buck Gavin," his first book appearance. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY, inscribed by Wolfe on the front free endpaper just five months prior to his death to Louise Saunders, the wife of Wolfe's famed Scribner's editor, Maxwell Perkins: "For Louise Saunders - with appreciation for an interest which has extended thus far - back to my seventeenth year! / Tom Wolfe / May 2, 1938." According to Wolfe's biographer A. Scott Berg, Perkins "and Louise socialized with a few of his authors, but she saw to it that business seldom mixed with pleasure. Thomas Wolfe was the only author in Max's life to pass freely from one sector to the other. Once the Perkinses moved to New York, Wolfe took frequent advantage of the editor's hospitality. Even the Perkins girls, who were afraid of him, came to realize that Tom was by nature extremely gentle..." (Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, NY: Dutton, 1978, p. 242). Through the course of their volatile professional and personal relationship, Louise tried to patch up the rifts between the two men, even writing letters to Wolfe after explosive arguments to try to calm him down. This role was exhaustin … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts [USA]

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