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WRIGHT MORRIS (1910-1988) limited signed first edition book on noted American photographer and author

WRIGHT MORRIS (1910-1988) limited signed first edition book on noted American photographer and author

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A copy of the 1982 book "Wright Morris/Photographs & Words", this being one of 500 copies of the first edition, signed by the photographer. The book measures 12" by 9 3/4". There is no dust jacket. The book is in good but not mint condition. There is normal wear to the covers, including a small stain above "WRIGHT", and a slightly musty smell, the book having perhaps been in a damp location at some point. It is filled with the black and white photographs of humble architecture and landscape of the Midwest and American West, for which he is best known. WRIGHT MORRIS (1910-1988) was born in Central City, Nebraska and died in 1988 in Marin County, California. The years in between were filled with a rich life that fills an excellent New York Times obituary available online. Morris is considered both photographer and author/essayist. He is perhaps best known overall for his portrayals of the Great Plains, a place he came to know as a youth. He wandered the Midwest before landing in Chicago in 1924. Europe was formative to the young man, who absorbed much of what he experienced there. At mid century Morris lived for about ten years in Philadelphia, and then California and Mexico. Later he settled near San Francisco, teaching for a time at San Francisco State University before retiring in the 1970's. Morris was a friend of authors John O'Hara and Thornton Wilder, and his photography idol was Walker Evans. Today, Morris' photography can achieve up to about the $10,000 level at auctions of fine photographs. Morris wrote some 33 books and many essays. Author Thomas Mann was an admirer.