1948: ITALY
1948: ITALY

1948: ITALY

Donald Windham
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Verona: Stamperia Valdonega Editions, 1988. First edition. Paperback. Paperbound 8vo in slipcase.

There were only 300 copies printed. This book is a very rare find. This book is numbered #300 of 300. 

This is a collection of letters between Windham and his close friend Sandy Campbell.

Donald Windham was an American novelist and memoirist. He is perhaps best known for his close friendships with Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Windham moved with his then-boyfriend Fred Melton, an artist, to New York City in 1939. In 1942 Windham collaborated with Williams on the play, You Touched Me!, which is based on a D. H. Lawrence short story with the same title. Windham received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1960.

Windham became estranged from Williams after Williams published his book Memoirs (1975). Windham later published a volume of their correspondence, which Williams claimed was done without his permission. Windham remained a friend of Capote until Capote's death. Windham also met and befriended such diverse figures as Lincoln Kirstein, Pavel Tchelitchew and Paul Cadmus.

In 1943, Windham met Sandy Campbell, an undergraduate student at Princeton University. In 1943 they began a relationship that would last until Campbell's death in 1988. Campbell frequently helped Windham publish books through the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy. Partially because Windham was influenced by his own life, homosexuality is one of many themes treated in his work.

Condition, Very Fine

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