AbeBooks' Reading Copy » magazine http://www.abebooks.com/blog AbeBooks book blog Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:56:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Beyond The Snow Leopard: Peter Matthiessen’s long legacy of fiction and non-fiction http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/04/07/beyond-the-snow-leopard-peter-matthiessens-long-legacy-of-fiction-and-non-fiction/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/04/07/beyond-the-snow-leopard-peter-matthiessens-long-legacy-of-fiction-and-non-fiction/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:27:25 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20968 Peter Matthiessen, one of America’s top writers in the past 60 years, died on Saturday at the age of 86. The Guardian carries an obituary. He had been suffering from Leukemia.

Born in 1927, Matthiessen is remembered for co-founding The Paris Review literary magazine in the 1950s but he also enjoyed a long writing career where he effortlessly switched between fiction and non-fiction. His best known book is The Snow Leopard, published in 1978, but he was also acclaimed for his 2008 novel, Shadow Country, which is a reworking of an earlier trilogy of novels. His writing on nature and conservation, which ranged from birdlife to sharks, has been highly influential on the modern environmental movement.

The Snow Leopard, a landmark book in modern naturalism, details his two-month search for the endangered Snow Leopard with naturalist George Schaller in Tibet. The book also has underlying themes about Zen Buddhism and his thoughts on his wife’s death from cancer.

The Snow Leopard won for the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1980 and Shadow Country won for Fiction category in 2008. Mattiessen’s latest novel, In Paradise, is published this week. It’s the story of a Zen retreat held on the site of a Nazi concentration camp.

A graduate of Yale, he co-founded The Paris Review with George Plimpton while living in France. On his return to the USA, Matthiessen studied Buddhism, became a Zen priest, and continued to write fiction and non-fiction.

There are hundreds of signed copies of his books for sale on AbeBooks. His most collectible works are signed first editions of The Snow Leopard and first editions of his debut novel, Race Rock. There is also a deluxe limited edition of his non-fiction book, Men’s Lives – a tribute to the fishermen of Long Island where Matthiessen lived.

Peter Matthiessen’s Fiction

Race Rock (1954)

Partisans (1955)

Raditzer (1961)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1965)

Far Tortuga (1975)

On the River Styx and Other Stories (1989)

The Watson trilogy

Shadow Country (2008)

In Paradise (2014)

Peter Matthiessen’s Non-Fiction

Wildlife in America (1959)

The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness (1961)

Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons in the Stone Age (1962)

The Shorebirds of North America (1967)

Oomingmak (1967)

Sal Si Puedes: Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution (1969)

Blue Meridian. The Search for the Great White Shark (1971)

The Tree Where Man Was Born (1972)

The Snow Leopard (1978)

Sand Rivers, photographer Hugo van Lawick (1981)

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (1983)

Indian Country (1984)

Nine-headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969–1982 (1986)

Men’s Lives: The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork (1986)

African Silences (1991)

Baikal: Sacred Sea of Siberia (1992)

East of Lo Monthang: In the Land of the Mustang (1995)

The Peter Matthiessen Reader: Nonfiction, 1959–1961 (2000)

Tigers in the Snow (2000)

The Birds of Heaven: Travels With Cranes (2001)

End of the Earth: Voyage to Antarctica (2003)

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Police Magazine from 1930s France http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/05/police-magazine-from-1930s-france/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/05/police-magazine-from-1930s-france/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:50:03 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=18830

Today I came across this collection of magazines from 1930s France called Police Magazine. We have quite a number of them for sale on the site, happily with images to peruse. From what I can tell, the publication ran from 1931 until 1937. I’ve found little information about it, but I think the magazine was a crime-fiction rag with stories, some continued week after week. I’ve included a selection of the covers below, along with a link to the listings. If anybody has more information about this publication, we’d love to know it and flesh this out – please leave a comment!

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Amazing Stories is Back – Get Your Free Issue http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/08/13/amazing-stories-is-back-get-your-free-issue/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/08/13/amazing-stories-is-back-get-your-free-issue/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:05:46 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=17168 We love Amazing Stories Magazine and were sad to learn of its demise in 2006. Fortunately, with some fresh blood, new passion and a revitalized approach, it looks like it may just have been a long hiatus. And it sounds mysterious and potentially exciting:

“To make a long story short and to simultaneously avoid having to give up too many secrets: there is a master plan behind the re-invention of Amazing Stories, a plan that encompasses more than just the revitalizing of an old pulp favorite. One that contemplates an entirely new approach to publishing.”

The first issue since early 2005, the Summer 2012 issue of Amazing Stories is now available in PDF copy – and for a limited time, it can be yours for FREE. Click through to The Amazing Stories Magazine website to find out how.

Welcome back, Amazing Stories – we wish you the best and hope you stick around a long time.

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A Cornucopia of New Yorker Corrections http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/04/23/a-cornucopia-of-new-yorker-corrections/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/04/23/a-cornucopia-of-new-yorker-corrections/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:12:15 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=15910 The Awl has published a list of New Yorker Magazine retractions and corrections. The long-running literary magazine is famously infamous for its rigorous, meticulous and prestigious fact-checking department, but since it is run by humans, the very occasional error does make it through.

I especially enjoyed the corrective correspondence from Groucho Marx in February, 1929. The New Yorker had reported that Al Smith, the (then) governor of New York had visited four Broadway shows, and named said shows. Marx wrote in, insisting that Smith had actually seen five, and the unnamed play was the Marx Bros.’ own musical, Animal Crackers. Marx alleges that Smith was so moved by the hilarious performance that he visited them backstage afterwards, still crying with laughter. His letter included: “I’ll give you just twenty-four hours to retract that statement before I call on you and horse-whip you within four or five inches of your life,” as well as “If you’re a man, you’ll eat your words and print this retraction on the cover of your magazine with illustrations by Peter Arno and life studies of the Marx Brothers in their dressing rooms or at home, curled up before a hot fire with an engrossing book, or vice versa.

Yours for more haste and less speed,

See all the retractions and corrections at The Awl.

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