(BARTH, John.) HESSE, Everett W., & Harry F. Williams (eds.)
La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades.
With an introduction by Américo Castro.
John Barth’s university textbook, with his double ownership inscription and ink stamp on the front free endpaper, and annotations pp. 30–45. The inscriptions read “John Simmons Barth, 301 Aurora St., Cambridge, Maryland. Johns Hopkins University, Sept. 29, 1948” and “Jack Barth, K.A. House”. Barth enrolled at Johns Hopkins University in Autumn 1947, choosing writing over music, which he had studied at Juilliard for one semester. Barth later wrote of his admiration for his Spanish teacher at Hopkins, the poet Pedro Salinas. “There was a fine gentleman at Hopkins at that time who is dead now, a Spaniard whom I later learned was a Spanish poet. He had been run out of Spain by Franco during the civil war and his name was Pedro Salinas. I studied Spanish with him. We were reading Don Quixote and he was the first live poet or writer I’d ever met or known. A splendid gentleman and a very inspiring one. It would be foolish to say it was his doing that I ended up writing; nevertheless, when I think about the year I started getting passionately interested in writing and realized that that was what I was going to do for the rest of my life, I always think of him” (David Morrell, John Barth: An Introduction).
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Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to spine and front board on black ground. Spine tips a little rubbed. An excellent copy.