Item #91551 In a quiet grave: essays on Texas. INSCRIBED. Larry McMurtry.
In a quiet grave: essays on Texas. INSCRIBED

In a quiet grave: essays on Texas. INSCRIBED

Austin: Encino Press, 1968. Inscribed at time of publication: "For Dirk Peter with friendship Larry." Dirk Pieter van Nouhuys was the sophisticated Dutch father of Larry's and my mutual friend, the writer Dirk Holmsland van Nouhuys. Dirk the Elder sometimes confused the two of us because of our similar names. We both held him in high regard. Dirk the Younger met Larry in the writing program at Stanford and introduced we Larrys to each other some six decades ago, a gift for which I will forever be grateful. Tan cloth with unclipped dustjacket. xviii + 177 pp. 23 x 14.7 cm. In his introduction, McMurtry writes, "As a regionalist, and a regionalist from an unpopular region, I find the problem of how to get heard rather a fascinating one." He goes on to describe the surefire route to success for a Texas writer: "(1) explain the assassination and (2) make it possible for President Johnson to be impeached." He continues, "If he ever gets to New York he may even meet Susan Sontag. I don't understand the assassination and I doubt that i can do anything about the President. My chances of meeting Miss Sontag are accordingly pretty slim and I had as well forget about it and go on and write a book about the place where my characters live." As events turned out, he succeeded Susan Sontag as president of the American Center of the writers' group PEN in 1989, and they became good friends. I missed her by a week on my first visit to Larry's mansion in Archer City. First edition, second state, with "skyscrapers" corrected on p. 105, line 12. Fine in unclipped dustjacket with a little chipping at head and tail. The scan is lighter and more yellow than the actual tan of the jacket. **Free domestic shipping with direct order. Item #91551

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