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1 Grau, Shirley Ann The House on Coliseum Street
New York Knopf 1961 First Edition 
Near Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket. Wine-colored boards bound in pale lavender cloth. Both the spine and the front board are stamped in green and gilt. Wine-colored topstain. 242pps. The topstain is a bit mottled (due to dust) and the pastdowns are slightly tanned, otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The text is immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has a sunned spine, age-toning to the white panels, and light rubbing wear at the extremities. The original price is intact. A very nice copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's third book. Typography, binding and dust jacket design by George Salter.

"...To twenty-year-old Joan Mitchell, her fate seems sealed and strangely inconsequential: inheritance of the stately New Orleans house she shares with her oppressive mother and undermining half-sister, and marriage to an ill-matched steady boyfriend. Then a brief affair with Michael Kern, a man she knows to be a cad but is drawn to anyway, unfurls for Joan a surrealistic sequence of events -- pregnancy, an abortion, and eventually withdrawal into a numbed existence. Only her growing obsession with Michael and her cavernous loneliness lend her life direction. An intricate psychological novel that plumbs the pain and rage born of identity and volition suppressed, 'The House on Coliseum Street' is an arresting, somber story that transcends period and place even as it so immediately evokes New Orleans in the late 1950s..."

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