Nacoochee; Or, The Beautiful Star, With Other Poems: Chivers, T.H. (Thomas Holley), M.D. Nacoochee; Or, The Beautiful Star, With Other Poems: Chivers, T.H. (Thomas Holley), M.D. Nacoochee; Or, The Beautiful Star, With Other Poems: Chivers, T.H. (Thomas Holley), M.D. Nacoochee; Or, The Beautiful Star, With Other Poems: Chivers, T.H. (Thomas Holley), M.D.

Nacoochee; Or, The Beautiful Star, With Other Poems

Chivers, T.H. (Thomas Holley), M.D.

Published by W.E. Dean, Printer, New York, 1837
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Good-plus original 1837 first edition with some disturbances to the publisher's diamond-patterned brown cloth. Corners toed in, but spine titles still bright. Moderately foxed, especially to pastedowns. Chivers (1809-1858) was a romantic poet with religious overtones and a taste for love, death, and reunions with lost loved ones in the afterlife. He also explored current events, Native American folklore (as here -- "Nacoochee" is based on a Cherokee legend), and Swedenborgian theology. He was a friend and champion of Edgar Allan Poe, who had encouraged the younger poet, though at the end they seem to have fallen out over the question of whose poetry might be more derivative of the other's. "1837" to title page, matches copyright date, no other dates or printings mentioned. "Poetry is that crystal river of the soul," writes the poet in his Preface, "which runs through all the avenues of life, and after purifying the affections of the heart, empties itself into the Sea of God. Now, he who dives the deepest into that mysterious sea, brings up the greatest number of the shells of truth, and is made richer in the lore of the wisdom of the universe. . . ." Poe, who said Chivers was both one of America's best poets, and one of her worst, wrote in Graham's Magazine in 1841: "His productions affect one as a wild dream -- strange, incongruous, full of images of more than arabesque monstrosity, and snatches of sweet unsustained song. Even his worst nonsense (and some of it is horrible) has an indefinite charm of sentiment and melody. We can never be sure that there is any meaning in his words -- neither is there any meaning in many of our finest musical airs -- but the effect is very similar in both. His figures of speech are metaphor run mad, and his grammar is often none at all. Yet there are as fine individual passages to be found in the poems of Dr. Chivers, as in those of any poet whatsoever." Today's critics find Chivers's work noteworthy for achieving effects with metrical variation and imitative sound that few other poets have successfully accomplished. 143 pp. Reduced from $2,100. Bookseller Inventory # 004588

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Title: Nacoochee; Or, The Beautiful Star, With ...

Publisher: W.E. Dean, Printer, New York

Publication Date: 1837

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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