“A WRITER’S WRITER… ONE OF THE FINEST MODERN WRITERS OF FICTION” (JOHN ASHBERY): FIRST EDITION OF TWO SERIOUS LADIES, 1943, JANE BOWLES’ FIRST AND ONLY FINISHED NOVEL, IN SCARCE DUST JACKET
BOWLES, Jane. Two Serious Ladies. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. Octavo, original tan cloth, original dust jacket. $2600.
First edition of Bowles’ first and only completed novel, a work of “extraordinary wit… the extreme rarity of the book… has augmented its legend” (New York Times), in original dust jacket.
To John Ashbery, “Jane Bowles is a writer’s writer… one of the finest modern writers of fiction, in any language.” Alan Sillitoe declared Bowles to be “a landmark in contemporary literature” and Tennessee Williams praised Two Serious Ladies, her first and only completed novel, as “my favorite book.” Written while in her early twenties, Two Serious Ladies revels in and reveals, “with extraordinary wit, the decline into debauchery of two very different but equally staid women… Bowles’ oeuvre is all the more unique because of its Grand Guignol hilarity, its constant surprises… It is this playfulness that gives Bowles’ work its fey power and its luminous originality…. The extreme rarity of the book, once it went out of print, has augmented its legend” (New York Times). With “First Edition” on copyright page; price of $2.50 on dust jacket front flap.
Book fine; very lightest edge-wear to bright near-fine dust jacket.