Item #65692 The Square Shooter and the Saint: A Story About Jerusalem. Robert Coover.
The Square Shooter and the Saint: A Story About Jerusalem
The Square Shooter and the Saint: A Story About Jerusalem

The Square Shooter and the Saint: A Story About Jerusalem

New York: Grove Press, 1961. Galley proofs. SIGNED. [8pp] Narrow folio [62 cm] Four loose leaves with print only on one side. Stamped 'Master Set,' with handwritten edits and notations. Housed in a custom clamshell. Typed and signed letter from Coover in pocket that is attached to inside of clamshell. Item #65692

Stamped "Received Nov 13, 1961. Grove Press, Inc."
"The Square Shooter and the Saint: A Story About Jerusalem" originally appeared in the 25th issue of The Evergreen Review (July/August 1962), a literary journal founded by Barney Rosset, publisher of Grove Press. It has never been published as a stand-alone work.
Laid in typed and signed letter from Coover to tenured University of South Carolina professor--and preeminent F. Scott Fitzgerald expert--Matthew J. Bruccoli on watermarked University of Iowa letterhead. The later is dated 3 July 1969, and states, "I hope the enclosed with serve in some small way. Best of luck on the success of your auction."

Ex-libris Carter Burden, late New York City Council member and principal owner of the the Village Voice. A direct descendent of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Carter Burden was a prominent member of the 1960s Manhattan social elite, playing host to notable names in the international literary, artistic and cultural scenes. He was photographed by Horst and sketched by Warhol. As half of a 1960's "it" couple--along with his first wife, heiress Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden--Carter's social activities were matters of intrigue and aspiration to many. The Burdens were regularly featured in society and gossip pages, fashion and lifestyle magazines, and given nicknames including "The Moon Flower Couple" and "The Burdens, whom we all must bear.

In spite of the ease of characterizing Carter Burden as a youthful old-money stereotype, those who knew actually knew him considered him sensitive, curious and artistic. After growing close to Robert Kennedy during his doomed presidential campaign, Carter was inspired by Kennedy's sense of social justice and desire to help the disenfranchised. This reflects in his City Council legacy. As summarized by the New York Times: “[Burden] served as chairman of the committee on health, fought to protect children from lead-based paint poisoning, sought to better the health and housing of the elderly, advocated the establishment of standards for prisoners' rights and introduced one of the first gay rights bills in the country. Like some of his other legislation, it did not pass, but many of his proposals did became law, in whole or part.”
In addition to literature, Carter Burden was a noted collector of art and antiques. Yet Burden's library was the centerpiece of his home. He focused on acquiring first editions, manuscripts and galley proofs of American literature published from 1870 onward.

Price: $400.00

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