"EVE BABITZ IS A LOS ANGELES LEGEND": FIRST EDITION OF L.A. WOMAN, SIGNED BY EVE BABITZ
BABITZ, Eve. L.A. Woman. New York: Linden/Simon & Schuster, (1982). Octavo, original half white cloth, original dust jacket. $700.
First edition of the critically praised second novel by Babitz—"a genuine prose stylist"—signed by her.
"Eve Babitz is a Los Angeles legend. She notoriously slept with Jim Morrison, and for the photographer Julian Wasser, she posed nude playing chess with Marcel Duchamp, the result being one of the most iconic images in modern art history… but Eve Babitz is also an original writer and, more importantly, a smart social observer." At the center of L.A. Woman, her semi-autobiographical second novel, is her alter-ego Sophie, and Lola, a woman who came of age in the 1920s and even in her 70s has a "lynxy little pout in her walk… trouble was Lola's middle essence." Here Babitz again shows what sets her apart from iconic L.A. writers like Joan Didion, Nathanael West or Raymond Chandler; she "still buys the Hollywood fantasy, feels its magnetic pull" (LA Review of Books). Babitz is a "genuine prose stylist with a glamorous, gossipy and winsome voice," a writer whose "tone is unfailingly sophisticated, ironic, intelligent, and above all fun and funny and saturated with joie de vivre even when the material gets dark" (Chicago Tribune).
A fine copy.