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Lettered Creatures: Light Verse

Leithauser, Brad

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ISBN 10: 1567922767 / ISBN 13: 9781567922769
Published by David R Godine, Boston, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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This special edition of Lettered Creatures is limited to 300 numbered, slipcased copies signed by the author and the artist, of which 250 copies are for sale and 50 copies are hors commerce. This is copy number 72 and is signed on the limitation page at the end of the volume. Previous owner's inscription on first free end page. Overall in fine condition and in fine slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 2028617

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Title: Lettered Creatures: Light Verse

Publisher: David R Godine, Boston

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Leithauser, Mark

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Brad and Mark Leithauser are brothers, born in Detroit in the 1950s. Brad is a bard (the author, most recently, of the novel in verse, Darlington's Fall), and Mark has made his mark as a painter and draftsman. They share the same exquisite family wit, one born in precise observation matched with intellectual playfulness. This wit is on display on every page of this remarkable alphabet book, each spread of which is devoted to an emblematic creature an appetitive Anteater, an annoying Fly, an addled Joey, a prickly Porcupine, and twenty-two more. On the left of each spread is an eight-line poem; opposite it is a delicate, complementary pencil drawing, reproduced here in exacting duotone. The poems will remind readers sometimes of Marianne Moore, sometimes of Ogden Nash; the detail of the drawings will remind them of John James Audubon and their pointed humor of Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland. But comparisons are odious here: this book is a duet by two great contemporary artists, a unicum by any description.

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Brad Leithauser is the author of twelve previous books, including four collections of verse. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, and is an Emily Dickinson Sernior Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College.
Mark Leithauser has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States, and is currently represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a senior curator and the chief of design at the National Gallery of Art.

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