First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 1097547
Synopsis: In 1988 the University of Arkansas Press published Billy Collins's THE APPLE THAT ASTONISHED PARIS, his "first real book of poems," as he describes it in a new, delightful preface written expessly for this new printing to help celebrate both the Press's twenty-fifth anniversary and this book, one of the Press's all-time best sellers. In his usual witty and dry style, Collins writes, "I gathered together what I considered my best poems and threw them in the mail." After "what seemed like a very long time" Press director Miller Williams, a poet as well, returned the poems to him in the "familiar self-addressed, stamped envelope." He told Collins that there was good work here but that there was work to be done before he'd have a real collection he and the Press could be proud of: "Williams's words were more encouraging than I had ever gotten before and more than enough to inspire me to begin taking my writing more seriously than I had before."
This collection includes some of Collins's most anthologized poems, including "Introduction to Poetry," "Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House," and "Advice to Writers." Its success over the years is testament to Collin's talent as one of our best poets, and as he writes in the preface, "the new edition . . . is a credit to the sustained vibrancy of the University of Arkansas Press and, I suspect, to the abiding spirit of its former director, my first editorial father."
From the Publisher: This book features a new preface by the author, recalling how his first collection was born.
Title: Apple Astonish Paris 2 (C
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville AR, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. This is the 2006 re-issue by the University of Arkansas 1988 original of Collins third collection of poetry. This copy is in excellent condition, a first printing thus simply signed by Collinsl on the title page with the as new dustjacket in clear, archival covering.This copy is EX-LIB from the Dallas Public Library with plates on the inside flyleaf pages but with no stampings elsewhere. The book will be carefully wrapped and boxed for safe shipping. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002349
Book Description U.S.A.: University of Arkansas Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Reprint edition, FIRST PRINTING thus; SIGNED by BILLY COLLINS directly on the title page (not inscribed to anyone); hardcover with dustjacket; unread in AS NEW (Fine/Fine) condition (no marks, not book-club ed, etc); comes with a GLOSSY PHOTO of the author at the signing event; ships in a box. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1476407093796