Very Good. Item #5691
Fort Worth: Madison Publishing Co., 1984. Signed by the author to journalist and language writer William Safire on full title with inscription " For Bill Safire, One of America's foremost exponents of the English language, with admiration and very best regards. Jim Wright, 8/2/99." Additional signed, handwritten letter on Wright's TCU stationary laid in.
Octavo; 117pp. Photo-portrait paper wraps. First eight pages shorter by 1/4" and uncut at top, suggesting a substitution or correction at some point in production. Covers are crisp and clean, with a small paperclip indentation at top where Wright's return address was clipped and attached. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Wright served in Congress from 1955 to 1989, acting as Speaker during his last two years. In his letter he admits that he (a Democrat) had not always agreed with Safire, but admired his mastery of language and his columns. He notes a recent column where Safire mentioned "the prevelance of politicians submitting to 'imageers' for 'makeover,'" and directs Safire to passages of his own book for his thoughts on "image or substance."