1st Printing. Signed. 2 pages. Published in 1988. Rare Czeslaw Milosz collectible item. Autographed Letter Signed (ALS). A handwritten letter addressed to the English poet Sebastian Barker on the Nobel Laureate's personal stationery. Original matching envelope intact. The envelope is also in the author's hand, indicating the address of Nicholas Barker in the United Kingdom. Professionally and elegantly framed in matte black metal and pressed between archival glass pieces with cream board borders that match the stationery and envelope color scheme. Full size is 22.5 X 14.5 inches. The recipient of the letter is mentioned in detail in the great poet's memoir, "A Year of the Hunter". Full text follows: "April 10, 1988. Dear Sebastian, Upon my return from a poetry reading in Seattle, I find your letter and do not know how to answer it. There is always a fear of being taken for what we are not, for a much wiser person than we are. I am thinking a lot about my life and am inclined to believe that mostly I was a fool, perhaps possessed by forces I still do not comprehend. My volume of poems published in 1936, 'Three Winters', was a work of Rimbaud-like possession and perhaps I should have stopped at that. 'Unattainable Earth' is not the last volume of my poems. Last year, I published, in Polish, 'Kroniki' ('Chronicles'). Most of these new poems have been translated into English and are included in my 'Collected Poems' which the Ecco Press is going to release in May. You are right seeing a link between 'The Captive Mind' and 'The Land of Ulro'. The first still seems to be alive and much read in my part of Europe; has been for instance, a bestseller in Yugoslavia. But the second book is a continuation on a more fundamental level. A curious feeling, when you are old and look back: Your books become distant, separated from yourself, and you are not sure they really exist. I am sending to you a copy of 'Conversations With Milosz'. Perhaps you will find in it some details which would mitigate your willingness to see in me a guru. As a matter of fact, one of the few virtues I have is that of respect: First of all for my cousin, O. Milosz, while I have always looked at myself as inferior in stature. It seems to me you should read Witold Gombrowicz's 'Diary'. The first volume just appeared in English at the Northwestern University Press. There are some polemics with me and he is usually right. But Gombrowicz is quite a challenge as one of the incarnations of 'European nihilism', to use the mainstream term. Do I have much time? At my age, one must accept a certain correlation between one's usefulness to the world and to life. Whether I am still useful or whether I accomplished what I had to, I cannot know. I am grateful for your following your impulse and writing to me. I hope we will be in touch. With my friendship, Czeslaw Milosz". Milosz's humility is genuine, one of his great virtues as a writer of stupendous insight, genius, and poetic sensibility. Milosz sees what others cannot because he has succeeded in suppressing every writer's worst enemy: Blinding vanity. Czeslaw Milosz died on August 14, 2004 at the age of 93, the last of the great Polish Modernist writers such as Bruno Schulz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, and Witold Gombrowicz. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just a memorabilia, item for Czeslaw Milosz collectors. This letter is very prominently and beautifully hand-written out in full and signed by Czeslaw Milosz. It is the only such letter available online, is well-preserved, is now framed for posterity, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare association item thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible item. (SEE ALSO OTHER CZESLAW MILOSZ, WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, AND THOMASZ ROZYCKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: CZESLAW MILOSZ: AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED (...
Publisher: San Francisco, CA: Handwritten Letter
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
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