James Ellroy (1992) ‘White Jazz’, US first edition, second printing, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Signed and inscribed by Ellroy: ‘To Art Cooper – L.A. 58 – Dick Contino – hovering elliptically… [signature]’.
Art Cooper (1937-2003) was editor of GQ Magazine (1983-2003) and broadened the scope of the magazine making GQ one of the first gentlemen’s lifestyle magazine. He was famed for nurturing writers and in 1994 James Ellroy published the essay ‘My Mother’s Killer’ for GQ in which Ellroy gives an account how and why he opened the case file of his mother’s unsolved murder:
Ellroy and Cooper subsequently became friends. The inscription refers to Dick Contino (1930-2017), who was a great accordionist and singer. Ellroy wrote the novella ‘Dick Contino’s Blues’ which is included in the ‘Hollywood Nocturnes’ anthology. Ellroy interviewed Contino for the novella and it was published in Granta (Winter 1994). A great association copy of the best living American crime writer today.
Condition: very good plus with slight shelf wear as pictured.
The fourth book in the ‘L.A. Quartet’.