Item #WAL001 Getting Even. Woody Allen, Roger Angell.

Getting Even

Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1971. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.


First edition, first printing. Presentation copy. Inscribed by Allen in red pen to New Yorker editor and writer Roger Angell: "To Roger - / Thanks for / making me look / like I know / what I'm doing - / Woody [underlined]." Publisher's original black cloth, with title in blind to front board, and titles in bronze foil to spine; in its original black dust jacket lettered in orange and yellow, portrait of Allen taken by Philippe Halsman to front and rear panels, jacket designed by Bob Cuevas. Near fine book, with a slightly dusty top edge of boards and text block, light soiling to tail edge of boards, minor pencil marks to copyright and table of contents pages, and a bit of soiling to pgs. 40 and 117; near fine unclipped dust jacket, with a shallow chip to top left edge of rear panel, a hint of wear to corners, and a tiny bit of toning to spine, jacket clean and bright. Overall, a sharp copy with a great association. Getting Even is a collection of humorous stories and essays by Woody Allen, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker in the mid to late 60s. These short works "investigate such significant subjects as Organized Crime, the invention of the sandwich, the secret diary of a Latin revolutionary, and a day in the life of Count Dracula" (from front jacket flap). Allen's first collection of writings, he would go on to publish Without Feathers (1975), Side Effects (1980), and others. This copy is inscribed by Allen to Roger Angell, a long-time fiction editor and writer for The New Yorker. Angell was the son of Katherine Sergeant, an early and influential editor for The New Yorker who helped shape the magazine, and the stepson of E. B. White. At the New Yorker, Roger edited works by Woody Allen, John Updike, William Trevor, and other top writers. In a 2006 interview, Angell relates how he told a young Woody Allen, whose style heavily imitated that of legendary New Yorker humor writer, S. J. Perelman, "We already have one of these." Angell holds the distinction of being the only person elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Baseball Writers' Association of America and received the prestigious J. G. Taylor Spink Award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing" in 2014.


Item #WAL001

Price: $400.00