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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From the Winchester Manuscripts of Thomas Malory and Other Sources

Steinbeck, John

ISBN 10: 0374182221 / ISBN 13: 9780374182229
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1976
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First printing, 1976, stated. Inscribed, signed, and dated by Elaine Steinbeck, John's third (and last) wife, on the half-title page: "For Sumner / Warm good wishes, / Elaine Steinbeck / 1976." Elaine Anderson Steinbeck (1914-2003), whose first marriage was to actor Zachary Scott, was married to Steinbeck from 1950 until his death in 1968. A possible association copy, as the Australian then American novelist Sumner Locke Elliott (1917-1991) had a "special relationship" with Elaine, who gave a moving address at Elliott's memorial service in New York City (and was named by Sumner as the successor/executor of his last will and testament). This is speculation, as the book's provenance is lost, but "Sumner" is an unusual name. Bound in brick red cloth-covered boards with a blind imprint design on the front board and a gold-lettered spine; top page edges tinted orange. Spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is price-clipped; edgewear; chipped at spine ends and corners; a one-inch closed tear at top of back panel (which has a photo of Elaine and John Steinbeck). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 004000

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Title: The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble ...

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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In 1909, a boy of fourteen years was designated the savior of our age by the mystic leader of the Theosophical Society. Sent from his native India to study at the finest school in Britain, the charismatic youth was groomed for the messianic role of World Teacher—a mantle he would ultimately cast off, unleashing a storm of controversy within the spiritual community. And through inner doubts and physical agony—through bitter trials of the mind, the body, and the soul—he would follow his own path to enlightenment and become a shining beacon of joy and truth to millions the world over.

About the Author:

Mary Lutyens, the daughter of Krishnamurti's chief confidante, has drawn ion the unpublished letters and personal recollections of the great man to paint an intimate, dramatic, and insightful portrait of a remarkable teacher and spiritual leader.

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