BROWNSTONE ECLOGUES and Other Poems by AIKEN, Conrad


Edition: First printing

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1942. Octavo, grey cloth edition with flat spine, lettered in brown. VG+ copy. Dust jacket has a thumb-size chip at upper inner corner of front panel, small chips and tears at edges, price-clipped, spine a little sunned; good otherwise. This copy has a long ink inscription on front free endpaper "For ever David". The body of the inscription is a quotation from D.H. Lawrence. Wesley was Wesley Scott and David was probably David Mullen. the whole dated Sydney [Nova Scotia] May 1944. Scott and Mullen were in the RCAF together along with Raymond Souster. They put out a little magazine called "Direction" to which they and others contributed, the magazine being published in Sydney and later in Newfoundland where the men were stationed. It was a short-lived but important early modernist poetry periodical in Canada, and this book is evidence of some of the influences that were to help Canadan literature break away from the derivative and Victorian and enter the modern age.

Book ID: 30997
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