Saturday, April 15, 2017

National Poetry Month titles: 4 great poets on sale-

For National Poetry Month; Henry Bemis Books features items from our poetry collections. It’s a favorite of owner Lindsay Thompson, who has edited several literary publications in the past and is still working on the perfect haiku!

Here’s today’s four:


Eliot, T.S. , Collected Poems 1909-1935 (Harcourt Brace & Co., 1936). Poetry was a young man’s game for Eliot; this volume sums up his life’s work. Hardcover, no dust jacket, very good condition. HBB price: $100 obo.


Frost, Robert, In the Clearing (Holt Rinehart & Winston, 1st ed., 1962) LOC 62-11578. Frost’s last collection, with the poem he read at President Kennedy’s inaugural added. Hardcover, dust jacket worn about the edges, good condition otherwise. Octavo, 101 pp. HBB price: $20 obo.



Kazantzakis, Nikos, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel (Simon and Schuster, 1st ed. 2nd printing, 1958). LOC 59-9048. Given the then-virtually-nonexistent international market for Greek publishing, Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), best known today as author of Zorba the Greek) was endlessly occupied with writing projects to keep a roof over his head and support his near-constant urge to travel. In 1926 he undertook a massive sequel to The Odyssey, picking up in the modern era where the original epic left off. Divided into 24 books (one for each letter of the Greek alphabet), Odyssey 2 is 33,333 lines long; this Random House edition, translated to English, in collaboration with Kazantzakis by Kimon Friar, runs to 825 pages. Illustrations by Ghika. 6.5” x 10.5”. Hardcover, black cloth with fine gilt letter. Dust jacket is complete but worn about the top edges and subject to a little fading on the back. Kazantzakis is said to have lost the Nobel Prize for Literature to Camus and died before his international reputation was established by Zorba. Fascinated by religion, he was banned by the Greek Orthodox Church; the 1988 film of his book, The Last Temptation of Christ, ignited new controversy. A towering literary achievement and a must for Hellenophiles. HBB price: $35 obo.

March,  Joseph Moncure, The Wild Party (Pantheon, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1994). ISBN 0-679-42450-4. Woodcut illustrations by Art Spiegelman. Elegant reissue of the Jazz Age classic, first published in 1928. Spiegelman’s woodcuts are of the period. 8.75” x 5.5”, hardcover, unclipped dust jacket. Very good condition. HBB price: $39.95 obo.


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