My First Thirty Years, 1989, Gertrude Beasley with woodcuts from Claire Van Vliet and afterword by Larry McMurty, First Edition

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My First Thirty Years, 1989, Gertrude Beasley with woodcuts from Claire Van Vliet and afterword by Larry McMurty, First Edition

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Gertrude Beasley 

With woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet and afterword by Larry McMurtry

Book Club of Texas. Softcover. 321pp.

8vo. (9 ¾ x 6 ¾ in.) First edition. Mottled blue wrappers in uncut condition. Includes “How to open this book” instructions prospectus. Also includes a letter of provenance.

Originally published in 1924, My First Thirty Years is an autobiographical account of Gertrude Beasley’s life growing up near of Abiliene, Texas. Her own conception a product of rape, the book chronicles Beasley’s difficult childhood and eventual rise to higher education at the University of Chicago. There she was influenced by radical feminists such as Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger and went on to travel abroad. She published this book through Contact Editions in Paris, the same press that had published works by Ernest Hemmingway, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein among others. Unfortunately the book was considered too deviant and widely banned. Most copies were destroyed by Scotland Yard and U.S. Customs and the few that made it to Texas were destroyed by Texas Rangers. This reprint was made as a limited edition of 500 by the Book Club of Texas at the behest of author Larry McMurtry. 

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