[Item #4864] Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce. Sylvia Jukes Morris, Clare Boothe Luce.
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce

Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce with: Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce

New York, NY: Random House, Inc.; Random House LLC, 1997; 2014. First Editions. Hardcovers. First volume inscribed & signed by Sylvia Jukes Morris to Tom Selleck. Both volumes of Sylvia Jukes Morris' magisterial biography of Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), the legendary American author, ambassador & political figure who was the wife of Henry Luce (1898-1967), all-powerful magnate of the "American Century" who published Time, Life & Fortune magazines (& who controlled those very factors through these instruments per our idol William S. Burroughs, who did his best to short-circuit that control, but that's another story...): (1) Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce (1997), hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, second printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. "Born illegitimate on New York's Upper West Side, with nothing to recommend her but blonde good looks and a ferocious intelligence, she used sex, street smarts, acid humor, and money to plot a career more improbable than anything in her own fiction and drama. At ten, Clare Boothe understudied Mary Pickford on Broadway. At twenty, she was both a suffragette and a siren to well-placed men on both sides of the Atlantic. She spurned the handsome to marry the richer..." (from front flap) This volume covers CBL's first thirty-nine whirlwind years. British-American author Sylvia Jukes Morris (1935-2020) was the wife of the great American Presidential biographer Edmund Morris (1940-2019) & a noted biographer in her own right who obtained Luce's authorization for this very well-reviewed, popular work. On the title page, below her printed name, Morris has hand-written & signed in bold olive-green ink: "To Tom Selleck,/ with great admiration for/ your performance in "In & Out"/ (signed) Sylvia Jukes Morris." The recipient of Morris' celebratory inscription is of course the famous mustached American film & television actor, & the film she refers to is the acclaimed LGBT-related 1997 production in which Selleck co-starred with Kevin Kline. (2) Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce (2014) covers the super-eventful remainder of Luce's life through her death in 1987 at age 84. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. "Price of Fame, the concluding volume of the life of an exceptionally brilliant polymath, chronicles Luce's progress from the early months of World War II, when, as an eye-catching congresswoman and the only female member of the House Military Affairs Committee, she toured the Western Front, captivating generals and GIs. She even visited Buchenwald and the other concentration camps within days of their liberation. After a shattering personal tragedy, she converted to Roman Catholicism, and became the first American woman to be appointed ambassador to a major foreign power. "La Luce," as the Italians called her, was also a prolific journalist and magnetic public speaker, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, pioneer scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and grande dame of the GOP in the Reagan era. Tempestuously married to Henry Luce, the powerful publisher of Time Inc., she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own, and remained a practiced vamp well into old age." (from front flap) Both volumes contain captioned historic photographs throughout, & extensive notes following the texts. [ISBN 0-394-57555-5; 978-0-679-45711-4] From the collection of George V. Buehler (1933-2020), who was a prominent real estate developer & collector in Massachusetts & Arizona. We have retained, between blank rear endpapers & paste-downs, printed-out documents relating to Buehler's research & purchase of these items during early 2015. In the first volume, there is also a charming bookseller's postcard, gratefully signed by the seller on verso. The amazing, overachieving life of one of the most fascinating personalities of the twentieth century in its rarest (penultimately in the case of Vol. 1) original form as published seventeen years apart, with distinguished provenance & with the author's inscription-signature to a major figure of American popular culture in the first volume. Both books in very fine condition, virtually mint inside & out. Both dust jackets also very fine with only a hint of rubbing to front, back covers & spines; a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4864]

Price: $125.00