Hoping for a Hoopoe [Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures]

UPDIKE, John (1932-2009)

Published by Victor Gollancz, London, 1959
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First British Edition of the author's first book (published in the U.S., in 1958, as The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures), a collection of light verse. Publisher's black cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gilt; beige typographic dust jacket printed in pink and black and priced 12/6. Fine (apparently unread), in Fine, fresh jacket, clean and bright. In the mid-Fifties, after work as a "Talk of the Town" reporter at the New Yorker, Updike took the bus back to his apartment at West Eighty-Fifth Street and Riverside Drive and composed the remarkable poems-intellectual, witty pieces on the absurdities of modern life-that filled this, his first book. The collection's seventh poem, "Why the Telephone Wires Dip and the Poles Are Cracked and Crooked," is carved in full on the reverse of the writer's gravestone. "The old men say / young men in gray / hung this thread across our plains / acres and acres ago. / But we, the enlightened, know / in point of fact it's what remains / of the flight of a marvellous crow / no one saw: / Each pole, a caw." N.B. With few exceptions (always noted), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. Bookseller Inventory # BB0058

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Title: Hoping for a Hoopoe [Carpentered Hen and ...

Publisher: Victor Gollancz, London

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing.

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