Saturday, September 15, 2018

Brendan Gill's Copy of Is Sex Necessary?

New Yorker writer Brendan Gill's copy of James Thurber and E. B. White's Is Sex Necessary? is a 1944 reprint of the 1929 humorous book. Thurber and White each wrote alternating chapters of the book. Gill has written his name and address, as well as the 1946 date [of acquisition?]. White inscribed, "To my chum/E B White/ex-humorist" a little poignantly.

This very interesting copy of the book sold at auction for $150 in 2017, just half its low estimate. It returned to the market this year with a minimum bid of $300, half its new low estimate, and it did not sell.

Inscribed "To my chum/E B White/ex-humorist"

Brendan Gill's copy

Title page with a Thurber illustration

E. B. White
eBay Listing Ended Many 23, 2018

E. B. White
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Brendan Gill has not been mentioned on the blog before, but surely he'll be here again.

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