The Long-Winded Lady. Notes from The New Yorker. Maeve Brennan.

The Long-Winded Lady. Notes from The New Yorker

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1969. Single volume, measuring 8.25 x 5.5 inches: 237, [1]. Original monogrammed gold paper boards, black spine lettered in gilt, gold endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket designed by Lydia Rosier. Jacket design repeated as frontispiece. Spine panel toned, one short closed tear to jacket.

First edition of Maeve Brennan’s collected “Talk of the Town” pieces, originally published in The New Yorker in the 1950s and 1960s. Often credited as the inspiration for Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly, Brennan was an observant girl-about-town who covered the midcentury Manhattan of neighborhood cafes, rented rooms, corner bars, and park benches: “Sixth Avenue possesses a quality that some people acquire, sometimes quite suddenly, which dooms it and them to be loved only at the moment when they are being looked at for the very last time.” Brought back into print in the 1990s, after Brennan’s death, these evanescent pieces describe everyday New Yorkers to pointed, comic, quietly devastating effect: “When she looks about her, it is not the strange or exotic ways of people that interest her, but the ordinary ways.” A near-fine copy of a surprisingly scarce first edition.

Price: $500.00

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