Three Tales. Paul Bowles.
Three Tales
Three Tales
Three Tales

Three Tales

New York, NY: Frank Hallman, 1975. Limited First Trade Edition. Softcover. “Three Tales” is a small collection of short stories (“Afternoon with Antaeus,” “The Fqih,” and “Mejdoub”) by legendary literary expatriate Paul Bowles (1910-1999) and published by one Frank Hallman in 1975. Little is known about Frank Hallman, and the only available information we found when researching Mr. Hallman is that he was at the helm of a small publishing operation in 1974-1975. Research shows that Hellman also published West Coast Beat Michael McClure (“Man of Moderation”), and celebrated fiction writer John Updike (in the form of 1974’s notably-titled “CUNTS”). According to fellow bookman-&-acquaintance of Hallman’s, Herb Yellin of Lord John Press, Hallman died sometime in 1976. As for Bowles, although he is primarily known for his short stories and prose fiction, Bowles also wrote poetry and composed music (as a great many Bowlesians know). In his capacity as “legendary literary expatriate,” Bowles is perhaps best known by his trademark association with Tangiers, Morocco. The pages of his short stories were peopled by the sights, smells and sounds of his beloved Tangiers, where Bowles first arrived in 1947. These “three tales” are all set in that arid, most Bowlesian of landscapes and do not disappoint. Majoun-trances notwithstanding, Bowles the Craftsman yet again delivers. Limited First Trade Edition, issued in a print run of 1000 softcover copies. This particular copy is from the collection of Erin Black Matson, the artist & poet who along with her then-husband, the acclaimed poet-educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation-morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were friends & protégé-collaborators in a circle that included Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. The condition of this item (see below) befits its inclusion in the library of a Bona Fide Beat who appears to have remained true to (never recovered from?) those heady days. Book near fine condition with slight shelf-wear to fine-edges; moderate rubbing, browning, spotting to front, back covers (esp. near fine-edges) and spine; tiny bumps to bottom right, top right-hand corner of front cover; similar tiny bump to top left-hand corner of back cover. Near Fine. [Item #4685]

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