FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 94, . Yellow cloth, blue lettering, single blind ruling to upper board. Bottom edge untrimmed. Spine and board edges tobacco-browned, top edge dusty. Feps and text block browned. Else, clean. In the original dust jacket: delicate, soiled and tobacco-browned, edgewear and creasing, chipped at extremities, losses to head, lower, and heel of spine. Good+/ good only. Unusual in the original dust jacket.
Published first in the UK, with the American edition appearing as an Armed Services paperback in 1931. Known for chanting his poems, the Publisher’s Note states: ‘Mr. Vachel Lindsay is the most vigorous of living American poets. The present volume contains a careful selection of his best and most characteristic work – much of which, it should be noted, should be declaimed if its full force is to be perceived.’ (Publisher’s Note). Indeed, in 1924 Louis Gruenberg successfully set Lindsay’s narrative poem as a single cantata, and almost 40 years later Herbert Chappell would score a short cantata for ‘unison voices and piano’.
Author LINDSAY, Vachel
Publisher London: G. Bell & Sons