Publisher: Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 109828
First edition, first printing. Signed by William Peterson and Nicole Blaisdell Ivey. Hardcover. Black laminated cloth with title stamped in green on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Essays, fiction and correspondence by Gus Blaisdell selected and edited by William Peterson and co-edited by Nicole Blaisdell Ivey. Includes some of Blaisdell's most brilliant writings on artists and photographers including Lewis Baltz, John Gossage, Joel-Peter Witkin and others. Foreword by Stanley Cavell. Preface by William Peterson. Introduction by David B. Morris. Envoi by Ira Jaffe. Includes a chronology and a bibliography. Designed by Melissa Tandysh. 382 pp., with numerous halftone illustrations. 9-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches.
New in New dust jacket, enclosed in a clear archival Brodart protective cover (opened only for signatures).
From the publisher: "From the moment he arrived in New Mexico in 1964, Gus Blaisdell (1935–2003) was a legendary presence. Famous in Albuquerque as a writer, teacher, publisher, editor, and especially as the proprietor of the Living Batch bookstore, Blaisdell was also a brilliant critic whose essays influenced readers throughout the country and across the Atlantic. This long-awaited collection of Blaisdell's critical writings includes essays on literature, art, and film, along with moving tributes by some of the distinguished writers who numbered Blaisdell among their friends. Introductory essays by philosopher Stanley Cavell and literary critic David Morris join colleague Ira Jaffe's poignant memoir to provide perspectives on the man by friends who knew him well. Glimpses of Blaisdell's vivid personality can be had from the many photographs included, and the diligently researched chronology compiled by Nicole Blaisdell Ivey tracks the course of her father's complicated life."