New York: North Point Press / Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 1998. First Edition, First Printing. First Edition. Quarto, gray paper covered boards with gray cloth spine titled in silver. 376 pp., Illustrated, Index. This copy is boldly inscribed by the author on the half-title leaf "To Elena - / Charis Wilson'. Laid in is a photocopy of an article on the book from the San Francisco Chronicle, dated Sunday, July 5th, 1998, with a note at the bottom that states "MEET CHARIS WILSON Tuesday August 18th at the Book Cafe". Fore-edges of text slightly soiled; near fine otherwise in a very good jacket with minor creases at edges but no tears, small mark on rear panel from where the new price sticker was removed (just glue marks, not sticker pull). Quite nice, overall. Item #310351
¶ When Wilson became Edward Weston's lover in 1934, she was 19 and Edward was nearly 50. She was his fourth (and last) long-term lover. They stayed together until their divorce in 1946; Weston died of Parkinson's disease in 1958. The author is most famous for her face and body; she posed for many of Weston's nude studies, which are among his most memorable photographs. She resisted Weston's offers to teach her photography and went to work at mundane jobs delivering mail and working in a fish cannery to meet expenses. After she left Weston (they remained close friends), she married a labor activist and had two daughters. This memoir, prepared with the assistance of journalist and illustrator Madar, is well worth reading for Wilson's candid memories of Weston's artistic motivation, influences, working habits, and temperament. It also lets us see some of her childhood in Carmel as daughter of an actress and a novelist whose family circle included Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, and Booth Tarkington.