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THE POINTS OF MY COMPASS
New York Harper & Row , 1962. New York Harper & Row , 1962. First edition. Original black quarter cloth over grey boards with gilt title to the spine in (supplied) dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to friend and fellow author, Elizabeth Taylor, on the front end paper, "Elizabeth love and a Merry Christmas Katherine and Andy / North Brooklin, Maine". A very good copy, with a faded spine which has a couple of internal repaired closed tears to the joints and a little wear to the spine ends. In a very good dustwrapper. Elizabeth Taylor, the critically regarded British novelist, described by Kingsley Amis as "One of the best English novelists born this century", whose writing career was forced into relative obscurity as a consequence of coinciding with the rise of her more famous namesake, the American actress. Her style was in the mould of Ivy Compton-Burnett, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Bowen, and has only recently been recognised as one of the important authors of the twentieth century. She wrote twelve novels and a clutch of story collections, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker, where E.B. White's wife was her first editor. Taylor rarely travelled to American so did not often meet White but they became good friends via a long and frequent correspondence.
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