Saturday, January 26, 2019

Brendan Gill: "The First Rule of Life…"

"The first rule of life is to have a good time." Brendan Gill's indulgent advice, with some further elaboration, leads off Chapter 6 of his 1975 history Here at The New Yorker. He inscribed this motto, adding a personal dedication and his signature, in many a copy of the book. For a self-styled hedonist, Gill seems to have clocked an awful lot of time at the typewriter, but he claimed, possibly alone among writers, that the craft came to him with relative ease.

Here at The New Yorker (New York: Random House, 1975) by Brendan Gill

Inscribed "For Wayne Hanley,
with best wishes.
Brendan Gill
'The first rule of life is to have a good time.'"

Title page

Brendan Gill
eBay Listing Ended August 6, 2017

Brendan Gill
eBay Item Description

Note:  At press time the book remains available on eBay after a year and a half, although with the' cumulation of eBay fees it is not all that surprising that the starting bid, even after Christmas, sits at $26. Still it's a very nice copy of the book and required reading too, one would think, for anyone following this blog.

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