A Boy's Will

Frost, Robert

Published by David Nutt, London, 1913
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First edition, first issue, first binding, of Frost's first published book. Original bronze pebble grain cloth, lettered in gilt, a few spots of foxing, but an excellent, bright copy. Crane A2. The poet Frank S. Flint's review copy, with the publisher's circular "compliments" stamp on the title page, Frost's very rare calling card from State Normal School, Plymouth, N.H., where he taught during 1911-1912,and which he must have given to Flint on their meeting, is loosely inserted. Flint has annotated the contents page with lines, crosses, and circles, calling attention to various poems. Frost first met the poet F.S. Flint at the opening of Harold Monro's Poetry Book Shop on January 8, 1913, while he was awaiting Nutt's publication of "A Boy's Will," where Frost bought a copy of Flint's In the Net of the Stars, and where Flint promised to review Frost's forthcoming work. It was Flint who at this same party first mentioned Ezra Pound to Frost, and he would arrange their meeting. Lawrance Thompson speaks of this party as "the first concrete step in RF's very deliberate campaign of self-advancement," and Stanley Burnshaw quotes Frost': 'People think it was Pound who discovered me. It was Frank Flint . someone I'll never forget,'" Stanley Burnshaw, Robert Frost Himself, N.Y., 1986, p. 94. Flint's friendly review of A Boy's Will appeared in the September 1913 issue of Monro's Poetry and Drama. Thompson, Robert Frost The Early Years, pp. 406-425, passim. Bookseller Inventory # 22886

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Title: A Boy's Will

Publisher: David Nutt, London

Publication Date: 1913

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition.

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