FIRST EDITION OF SISTER AGE, INSCRIBED BY M.F.K. FISHER TO A CLOSE FRIEND
FISHER, M. F. K. Sister Age. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. Octavo, original half beige cloth, original dust jacket. $650.
First edition of this collection of essays and short stories on aging, inscribed in the year of publication: “For William Henry Black from MFK Fisher and for dear Bill from Mary Frances and another unknown and invisible admirer (Jeanie Herself!) Glen Ellen 1983.”
In this work, acclaimed food and travel writer M.F.K. Fisher branches out, writing about aging, preparing for the end of life, and dying. From the 1980s until her death in 1992, Fisher struggled with Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, and chronic eye problems. By the end of her life, she was an invalid, confined to a cottage in Glen Ellen, California. Her contact with the outside world was through friends, readers, and chefs, who brought her food and came to speak with her about writing and life. Still, Fisher managed to continue writing and this work stands out as one of her great accomplishments from that time. As St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain, Fisher intended to welcome “Sister Age.” This book was intended not only to help her, but to help all others facing the same issues. This copy is inscribed by M.F.K. Fisher to William Henry Black, a good friend.
A very nearly fine inscribed copy.