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Book Description
FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [32]. Orange card wrappers, lettered in black, sewn. A little soiled, light creasing to edges. Paper label to verso of front wrapper: “From the Library of/ RUTH PITTER/ 1897-1992”. A few spots, else, contents pleasingly clean and bright. An attractive association copy. Jisc LHD listsonly 4 copies (BL, NLS, UoEA & UoYork).
Dealer Notes
The final collection published in Wickham’s lifetime, comprising 36 poems, with 30 appearing for the first time in book form. ‘The Venturous Shepherdess,’‘Song of Ophelia the Survivor,’‘Son,’‘Garnett’s Garden,’‘Mare bred from Pegasus,’and ‘Call of the Dead’ had all appeared in Edwardian Poetry: Book One(1936). Much less known than she should be, given both the success she achieved in her lifetime and her modernist connections, the Anglo-Australian poet Anna Wickham (Edith Hepburn née Harper, 1883–1947) was both popular and prolific; she left behind more than a thousand unpublished poems on her death (ODNB). Her biting, overtly feminist poetry was much anthologised, especially in North America thanks to Louis Untermeyer. She rubbed shoulders with D. H. Lawrence – the final poem in this collection, ‘Prayer to Love’ was “(Written for D.H.L)” – and later Dylan Thomas, as well as moving in Left Bank and Sapphic circles, sustaining a passionate correspondence with Natalie Clifford Barney, while the white Creole author Eliot Bliss was enthralled by her.

Like Wickham, Ruth Pitter (1897-1992) was also published by John Gawsworth in his Edwardian Poets Series. A perpetual prize-winner across her writing life, she won the Hawthornden Prize in 1937 for A Trophy of Arms: Poems 1926–1935.
Author WICKHAM, Anna [HARPER, Edith]; [PITTER, Ruth]
Date 1936
Publisher London: The Richards Press Limited/ Richards’Shilling Selections from Edwardian Poets
Condition Very good

Price: £45.00

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