"THE ME DECADE"
WOLFE, Tom. Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine, and Other Stories, Sketches, and Essays. Illustrated by the Author. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1976). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition of Tom Wolf'e's critically praised and highly satiric "chronicle of our national adventure," illustrated with 26 drawings by him, inscribed on the half title by him, "To Helen! from Tom Wolfe," with his customary flourishes, a beautiful copy.
In Mauve Gloves, Tom Wolfe "evolved from a mere wit into one of the better caricaturists of the age" (New York Times). Its essays and stories, together in book form for the first time, remind us "how often Wolfe's refusal to be respectful toward any subject has produced both illumination and laughter" (Time). Here "Wolfe tackles all sorts of subjects ranging from life on an aircraft carrier (brilliantly described) to the goings-on at a convention of National Enquirer freelance writers… The master of trivia also offers an underlying theme in his essays and stories: the enormous gap (as he perceives it) between the intellectuals' negative view of America and the positive reality" (Wall Street Journal). "First printing, 1976" stated on copyright page. With 26 illustrations by Wolfe, including a comic strip entitled "The Man Who Always Peaked Too Soon."
A fine copy.