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This is an auction for THE SPECIALTY OF THE HOUSE by Stanley Ellin.

This book includes at least three stories which would be published in any definitive edition of the best short stories of the 20th century. The title story is one which I can remember reading more than 40 years ago, and have always thought was by Roald Dahl. I was delighted to find it here, having searched for it for many years.
- DH reviews:

"Stanley Ellin's first short story, 'The Specialty of the House', about a New York restaurant with a special gourmet menu, was published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1948 and caused an immediate sensation, winning him a special Ellery Queen Award. 'The House Party' and 'The Blessington Method' subsequently both won Edgar Awards. This volume brings together the best of his work in the genre."

"FIVE STARS!!! It's scandalous that any of Stanley Ellin is out of print, but "The Specialty of the House" should always be in print somewhere. As big a fan as I am of John Collier, Roald Dahl and Saki, no single story of any of them can match Ellin's (first!) story. There is not a word that could be added to improve it, nor one that could be removed without diminishing it. In the thirty five years that have passed since I first read it, I doubt that six months have passed without my rereading it, and I find new pleasures each time. And the rest of Ellin is only a notch below this story (personal favorites - "Kindly Dig Your Grave, "The Last Bottle in the World", and "The Blessington Method"). If you've never read Ellin, do yourself a favor and try to find any of his story collections."

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Penguin paperback 1968.

186 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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