New York: The Noonday Press, 1966. Single volume, measuring 8 x 5.5 inches: xii, 431, . Original color patterned wrappers designed by Ronald Clyne. Ink inscription by Jane Bowles to poet Sam Hazo on front free endpaper. Lightest edgewear, small crease to spine.
First edition, trade paperback issue, of the collected works of Jane Bowles, with an introduction by Truman Capote. Although Bowles published comparatively little, she was a true writer's writer, a sly prose stylist of great originality, easier to admire than to imitate. This collection contains her stories, her play In The Summer House, and her defining novel Two Serious Ladies: “‘Since you live so far out of town,’ said Arnold, ‘why don't you spend the night at my house? We have an extra bedroom.’ ‘I probably shall,’ said Miss Goering, ‘although it is against my entire code, but then, I have never even begun to use my code, although I judge everything by it.’ Miss Goering looked a little morose after having said this and they drove on in silence until they reached their destination.” Affectionately inscribed by Bowles to Arab-American poet Sam Hazo: “We all wonder what makes Sammy rhyme. Fondly, Jane.” The founder of the International Poetry Forum, Hazo did much to promote Arab and African writers in the United States; as longtime residents of Tangier, both Jane and Paul Bowles took an interest in the translation and publication of modern North African writing. Books inscribed by Bowles are notably scarce. A near-fine copy, with an excellent literary association.