The Letters of Wanda Tinasky to the AVA

San Francisco: AVA Books / Last Gasp, 1995. First Edition. Preview edition.

A collection of letters penned by "Wanda Tinasky," a woman thought to be homeless and living in Mendocino County, California, who wrote playful letters to the Anderson Valley Advertiser between 1983 and 1988. Anderson, editor of the AVA, read Thomas Pynchon's 1990 novel "Vineland" and immediately saw similarities between the Tinasky letters and Pynchon's work. An obscure Beat writer named Tom Hawkins was also identified as the possible author of the Tinasky letters, but Hawkins died in a murder-suicide before the truth could be revealed. The Tinasky letters subsequently ceased after Hawkins' death.

8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 27.75 cm), spiral bound, 24 leaves and printed wrappers. Small bruise to the front wrapper, else Near Fine. Uncommon.


[Book #139113]

Price: $45.00