Title: THE LAND OF ULRO - Rare Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 287 pages. Published in 1984. The author's book-length memoir-cum-intellectual essay on subject. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Czeslaw Milosz's "The Land of Ulro" in a felicitous English translation. Which is what William Blake renamed Planet Earth in his great poems. It is our life seen as an alien rather than familiar place by the greatest mystical poet in the British tradition, where Science and Reason rule unchallenged and indeed with the full cooperation of all other thinkers, creative artists, and writers. Milosz does not believe in a return to a world of pre-scientific innocence partly because the break between the laws of science and the inner life is final and cannot be mended anyway. Still, he writes with admiration about those who rebelled ferociously against our Modern Age (and paid a very steep price for it) : Dostoevsky, Witold Gombrowicz, and Simone Weil, among others, including implicitly and with a humility rare among writers, Czeslaw Milosz himself. Czeslaw Milosz died on August 14, 2004 at the age of 93, the last of the constellation of great Polish modernist writers such as Bruno Schulz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, and Witold Gombrowicz. "It denotes that realm of spiritual pain such as is borne and must be borne by crippled man. Blake himself was not one its inhabitants, unlike the scientists, those proponents of Newtonian physics, the philosophers, and most other poets and artists" (Czeslaw Milosz). An absolute "must-have" title for Czeslaw Milosz collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Czeslaw Milosz. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CZESLAW MILOSZ, WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, AND THOMASZ ROZYCKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374183236. Bookseller Inventory # 14376
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