Unbound illustrated sheet from “A Manual for Cleaning Ladies”. Lucia Berlin, Michael Myers.
Unbound illustrated sheet from “A Manual for Cleaning Ladies”
Unbound illustrated sheet from “A Manual for Cleaning Ladies”

Unbound illustrated sheet from “A Manual for Cleaning Ladies”

Washington, D.C. (i.e. Healdsburg, California): Zephyrus Image, 1977. Single oblong unbound sheet, measuring 6.75 x 9 inches, printed on both sides. Two linocut illustrations, one full-page.

Single unbound sheet containing four pages from Lucia Berlin’s first publication, the twenty-page chapbook “A Manual for Cleaning Ladies.” Later retitled “Maggie May,” the story follows a Bay Area house cleaner through her daily routine, gradually revealing her crushing grief: “When I smile, my hand goes involuntarily to my mouth. I collect sleeping pills, but you know I won't do it.” This sheet features two of the four linocut illustrations Michael Myers produced for the chapbook, now extremely scarce. In her lifetime, Berlin found a passionate following among fellow writers, winning the American Book Award in 1991, but her spare, bleakly comic fiction would not reach a wider readership until 2015, when a posthumous collection of her short stories became a surprise bestseller for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A remarkable survival, in fine condition.

Price: $75.00

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