Homage to Mistress Bradstreet: BERRYMAN, John (1914-1972) Homage to Mistress Bradstreet: BERRYMAN, John (1914-1972) Homage to Mistress Bradstreet: BERRYMAN, John (1914-1972)

Homage to Mistress Bradstreet

BERRYMAN, John (1914-1972)

Published by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, New York, 1956
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"With Pictures [10 woodcuts] by Ben Shahn." First Printing (so stated). Tall, slim 8vo; unpaginated, with 57 numbered 8-line, partially rhymed stanzas and 10 black & white illustrations (7 full-page). Publisher's tan and black pictorial paper-covered boards with a red spine titled in tan and black, top edge stained red, title page in red and black; in a price-clipped pictorial dust jacket. Fine (save for a facsimile of Anne Bradstreet's signature taped neatly to one of the preliminary pages), in a Fine jacket. Provenance: Marjorie Marsh Quigg (boldly signed on the front fly leaf), a direct Mayflower descendant and Maine genealogist who died in 2004. A wonderfully collectible copy of the poet's third book. Stefanik A7. "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet remains one of the most unique poems in modern American literature. In it, Berryman perfected the odd, convoluted syntax that would succeed so brilliantly in The Dream Songs, a syntax adopted in part from Shakespeare. The poem is essentially a dialogue with the spirit of America's first poet, Anne Bradstreet, including an attempted seduction of Anne by the contemporary author of the poem, and a memorable section which attempts to capture Anne's anguish and ecstasy during childbirth. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (won that year by Richard Wilbur), Homage is a remarkable chronicle of a poet's search for inspiration, style, and voice. Although it did not make Berryman a famous poet, it established him as a formidable figure, especially among contemporaries such as Lowell, who noted the poem's Miltonic power." (Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0139

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Title: Homage to Mistress Bradstreet

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, New York

Publication Date: 1956

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing.

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