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The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
April 2017
This Month: Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors
April is the month that the announcement of the year's Pulitzer Prize winners are made. Mainstream newspapers and literary magazines begin to announce the recipients, highlight the works, and offer plaudits and criticism.

But did you know that there are many more categories than journalism and fiction? Prize awards are made by the president of Columbia University to winners in 21 categories in two areas: Journalism and Letters, Drama & Music. The Journalism categories also include news and feature photography and editorial cartooning, while the Letters, Drama & Music categories include poetry.

This month we give you a curated selection of Pulitzer winners from IOBA members. Enjoy!
  Anne Tyler 17-Volume Collection of Signed First Editions, with Correspondence by Anne Tyler 
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf / G.P. Putnam's Sons / William B. Ewert / Orchard Books
Place of Publication: New York (1972-2006)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

An impressive collection of novels by the Pulitzer Prize winning author, comprising all published works released from 1972 to 2006 (and thus missing her first three, and last four, works), as well as her two juvenile titles.

Your Place is Empty
is also of particular interest, being an imprint of the William B. Ewert fine press in Concord, New Hampshire. With the exception of Digging to America, they are all signed by Anne Tyler directly on the title pages - no small feat considering that, until recently, the author did not make public appearances or grant interviews. Even sending items to her for the purpose of obtaining signatures was a complicated process, as illustrated in the four postcards and three greeting cards included here, in which Tyler requests they be sent such that she can receive them without leaving her home.

The original recipient of these also sent the author a number of gifts, for which she expresses thanks in her correspondence. Available Here.
  The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 
Publisher: Viking
Place of Publication: US (1949)
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Signed by the Author

This is Miller's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play of 1949. Many available signed copies have Miller's signature to a tipped-in end page; however, this copy has been signed by the author on the half-title page.

Additionally, there are two pages laid-in documenting the provenance of Miller's signature. The first is a copy of a letter of June 20, 2003, to the then owner of the book on Miller's letterhead. The letter notes that Mr. Miller is happy to sign books, but in the future please include post-paid packaging for the return shipment. The letter is signed by Julia Bolus, assistant to A. M. Also laid-in is a copy of the front of envelope that contained the letter, showing a June postmark and Miller's return address. Available Here.
Lila: An Inquiry into Morals by Robert M.Pirsig
Publisher: Bantam Books
Place of publication: New York NY (1991)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Signed by the Author

The second philosophical novel by Robert M. Pirsig, who is best known for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Lila: An Inquiry into Morals was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992.

This semi-autobiographical story takes place in the autumn as the author sails his boat down the Hudson River. Phaedrus, the author's alter ego, is jarred out of his solitary routine by an encounter with Lila, a straightforward but troubled woman who is nearing a mental breakdown. Available Here.
Thomas Jefferson: 6 Volume Hardcover Set by Dumas Malone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date Published: 1970
Edition: Reprint
Binding: Hardcover

Complete in six volumes. Malone's Pulitzer Prize winning biography of the great American president and renaissance man, still among the most authoritative works. Includes: Jefferson The Virginian, Jefferson and the Rights of Man, Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty, Jefferson the President: First Term 1801-1805, Second Term 1805-1809, Jefferson and His Time: The Sage of Monticello. Available Here.
Pulitzer Category: Biography
by David G. McCullough

Available Here
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication: New York NY (1992)
Binding: Hardcover
Signed by the Author

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America's beloved and distinguished historian.

The book won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. The book was later made into a movie with the same name by HBO. Available Here
by A. Scott Berg  
Available Here

Publisher: Putnam
Place of Publication: New York NY (1998)
Binding: Hardcover
Signed by the Author  
Based upon the massive Lindbergh archives - more than 2000 boxes of them - this is the definitive biography of the aviator who won the hearts of America, a picture of both the hero and the private man. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography.

Available Here. 
Publisher: Amistad/HarperCollins Place of Publication: New York NY (2003)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Printing 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award, a finalist for the National Book Award, this is a book that truly deserves all of the acclaim it has received.

The story of free colored slaveholders in 1840's Virginia is both historically accurate and moving. Author Jeffrey Lent called this "a modern masterpiece that staggers the imagination...the most powerful and deeply realized novel I've read in a long time. This is a work that transforms and transports to such a thorough degree that when you finally step out 'The Known World,' you're shaken and turned around, never again to be the same. This novel is what literature can and should be."  Available Here.  
Pulitzer Category: Biography
by David Hume Kennerly     

Publisher: Newsweek Books
Place of Publication: New York NY (1979)
Binding: Hardcover
Editor: First Printing

Autobiography of David Hume Kennerly, a photo-journalist/photographer who became UPI's bureau chief in Saigon at just 24, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize at age 25 for photographs that "capture the loneliness and desolation of war" and who then became "Personal Photographer to the President" during Gerald Ford's presidency.

INSCRIBED on the verso of the front endpaper and dated in 1990. Available Here. 
by Taylor Branch

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication: Riverside NJ (1988)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Printing

A massive book, and rather uncommon in the hardcover first edition, and especially so in this condition. A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Available Here. 
Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener 
Publisher: Macmillan
Place of Publication: New York NY(1947)
Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition

Signed by the Author
Inscription was made In Miami: February 3, 1958 to a member of the Sea Bees who had met Michener in the Pacific. The recipient was working in a restaurant on Miami Beach frequented by Michener. They struck up a conversation and the next day had the book signed. There is also a small newspaper article taped inside.

According the nephew, the book resided for many years in a case in a VFW which perhaps accounts for the poor handling of the Dust jacket. Additionally, the nephew told me that his uncle was mentioned in the book (not by name) I can't confirm this.

Tales of the South Pacific won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948. Available Here.  
Pulitzer Category: Poetry 
A Further Range    
by Robert Frost 

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Place of Publication: New York (1936)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

A Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry by the American poet most well-known for The Road Not Taken, Mending Wall, and Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. This was one of four Pulitzers Frost won during his writing career. He also was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960, and was named poet laureate of Vermont, where he was a regular teacher at the Bread Loaf School of English.
Available Here. 
by Philip Levine 
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication: New York NY (1994)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Printing 

Written in a voice that moves between elegy and prayer, The Simple Truth contains thirty-three poems whose aim is to weave a complex tapestry of myth, history (both public and private), family, memory, and invention in a search for truths so basic and universal they often escape us all. (Publisher's Blurb)
Available Here.
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