Some Trees. With a Foreword by W. H. Auden

ASHBERY, John

Verlag: Yale University Press, New Haven, 1956
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Small 8vo, original black cloth, dust jacket. Covers slightly soiled, otherwise a fine copy in dust jacket. Covers slightly soiled, otherwise a fine copy in dust jacket First edition of Ashbery's first regularly published book, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize. One of only 817 copies printed. Kermani A2a. Presentation copy, inscribed to the poet Barbara Guest on the front free endpaper: "to Barbara / with love / John Ashbery / October 19, 1957". The way in which Ashbery won the Yale Younger Poets prize for the most distinguished first book of poetry in 1955 is illustrative of the dynamic that existed within the New York School, which, as Ashbery aptly reflected, was called a school "because we were friends." Both Ashbery and O'Hara had submitted manuscripts to the Yale competition, which was being judged that year by W. H. Auden. Both manuscripts were returned, as Auden reportedly had not liked any of the submissions. "When Chester Kallman, Auden's companion, explained the situation to his close friend James Schuyler (who had served as Auden's amanuensis on the island of Ischia), the latter channeled the manuscripts of Some Trees and Meditations in an Emergency to Auden via Kallman. Auden ?didn't think either of them was very good, and he chose John's faute de mieux,' Schuyler confided to Koch." O'Hara, despite his disappointment, wrote one of the first reviews of Some Trees in Poetry magazine, and called it "the most beautiful first book to appear in America since (Wallace Stevens') Harmonium." - Lehman, pp. 88-89, 87. The comparison between Ashbery and Stevens still inspires critical discussion to this day. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 22768


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Titel: Some Trees. With a Foreword by W. H. Auden

Verlag: Yale University Press, New Haven

Erscheinungsdatum: 1956

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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