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RICH, Adrienne Cecile.

A Change of World.

With a Foreword by W. H. Auden.

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1951 Stock Code: 146093
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Presentation copy inscribed to the musician Harold Randolph's wife

First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mrs Harold Randolph. With my appreciation of the inspiration that you and Mr Randolph have given my mother and through her to me. Adrienne Cecile Rich".

The recipient was the wife of the pianist Harold Randolph, with whom the author's mother, Helen (Jones) Rich, studied music in the mid-1910s at the Peabody School in Baltimore, Maryland (now the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University). "Although Helen Jones Rich had studied music in Baltimore, New York, Paris, and Vienna, she gave up her career in order to be a wife in the traditional way that women performed that role as wife, lover, cook, chauffeur, and homemaker. According to Adrienne Rich, her mother drove her husband Arnold Rich to his lectures, and often waited in the car for hours to drive him home again" (Karen F. Stein, Adrienne Rich: Challenging Authors, 2017, p. 10).

This is Rich's first published work, one of 551 copies (with a reprint in the same year of further 503 copies), and is Volume 48 of The Yale Series of Younger Poets. The eponymous competition is an annual event which publishes the first collection of a promising American poet. Auden chose the winners and edited the series between 1947 and 1959. The contest was founded in 1919 and is the oldest annual literary award in the United States.

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Octavo. Original pink boards, titles to front cover in brown. With the supplied dust jacket.


Bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper. Corners a trifle bumped, spine faintly sunned, small paper flaw to rear board, the binding otherwise sound and clean, internally crisp. A near-fine copy in the near-fine jacket, spine a little sunned, minute water stain to lower rear panel, else fresh, not price-clipped.


Bloomfield & Mendelson, B43.


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