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WOLFF, Charlotte.
An Older Love.
London: Virago,, 1976. Octavo. Original purple boards, titles to spine in silver, purple endpapers. With the dust jacket. Minor rubbing to spine ends, a fine and bright copy in the attractive jacket with sunned spine, negligible creasing to top edge, not price-clipped. First edition, first impression, of the author's first novel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Audrey Lilian "Pat" Barker, who provided the preface to this work, on the half-title, "For my friend Pat, with love from Charlotte". This edition is now notably uncommon, especially signed, and in such attractive condition. The work, one of the first published by feminist press Virago, explores the entangled love lives of four lesbians in London and is told by an unnamed narrator who shares Wolff's own life history. It was widely acclaimed and cemented Wolff's new-found celebrity with German lesbian organisations based in Berlin such as L.74, who invited her on her first return to the city since she was forced to flee Germany as a Jewish refugee in 1933. The recipient Audrey Lilian Barker (1918-2002) was an English novelist and short story writer whose debut collection of stories, Innocents, won the inaugural Somerset Maugham award in 1947. Barker and Wolff were close friends, Barker wrote in Wolff's obituary that "she was unique; possessed of a fierce intellectual energy, genuine compassion, and a profound understanding of human nature" (The Times, 30 September 1986). Wolff (1897-1986) was born in Riesenburg (now Prabuty, Poland) and studied literature and philosophy at the University of Freiburg be … [Click Below for Full Description]
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