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Rare Titles from Archibald Rutledge, First Poet Laureate of South Carolina

American poet Archibald “Archie” Rutledge (1883-1973) has enjoyed moments in the spotlight here on AbeBooks. South Carolina’s first poet laureate, Rutledge wrote extensively, with most of his books dedicated to his first love, poetry. He also wrote prodigiously about hunting, wildlife and the outdoors. Rutledge grew up in South Carolina on a plantation, where he […]

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April’s Top 10 Most Expensive Sales on AbeBooks

Our top 10 most expensive book sales list for April is topped by the poetry of none other than Emily Dickinson. Dickinson was unheralded during her lifetime but today, 127 years after her death, the poet’s work is treasured by collectors. Three volumes of her poetry were sold last month on AbeBooks and became our […]

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The Value of Bad Poetry

One of my favorite blogs, Fine Books Magazine, has  just brought it to my attention that an unpublished work from William McGonagall is going to auction and is expected to raise somewhere in the vicinity of £3,000.  Now, an unpublished Victorian poem fetching four figures isn’t exactly groundbreaking – the truly remarkable part of this […]

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I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail

Have you ever heard of a trick poem? What about this one, from the 17th century, called I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail? Depending on the way the poem is read, with what line breaks, it takes on two very different meanings for the reader. This edition, breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning, central Indian […]

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Sylvia Plath, Novelist, Poet, Artist

Last November and December The Mayor Gallery in London featured an exhibition of 44 drawings between – all by Sylvia Plath. The exhibition was successful and well-received, but many viewers did comment on the detachment of the images – given Plath’s struggles in life and tragic ending, one might expect an emotional intensity in the […]

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James Earl Jones Reads “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

This is the way this poem should always sound. Goosebumps. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ” ‘Tis some visitor,” […]

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“The Crow’s Vow” by Susan Briscoe – Beautiful Cover, Beautiful Poetry

Remember our March Madness Battle of the Beautiful Books? Well, we have an interview with the poet whose book “The Crow’s Vow” won the whole enchilada. Read on to learn more about the lovely and bird-crazy Susan Briscoe. And I came across another book today which reminded me that two designs, while very similar when […]

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Book Spine Poetry

Celebrating National Poetry Month with book spine poetry.

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London Olympics needs poets

It’s exactly 100 days until the opening of the London Olympics and the event needs poets, according to the BBC. They are short of 20 poets for a cultural event featuring a poet from every nation competing in the 2012 Olympics. Apparently, they still need poets from places like Mali and Liberia. I suspect Mali’s […]

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Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Love Letters Digitized

The love letters between poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning have been digitized and can now be viewed online.

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