OLIVER, Mary.

American Primitive.

Poems.

Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1983 Stock Code: 147169
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"The singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages"

First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue. American Primitive was the poet's Pulitzer Prize winning sixth collection, and marks a milestone in her career.

The poet Stanley Kunitz's gushing review is quoted on the rear panel: "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations. American Primitive enchants me with the purity of its lyric voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages".

Mary Oliver (1935-2019) lived for most of her life in Massachusetts, writing poems from her home in Provincetown, Cape Cod. She later won the National Book Award in 1992. The Harvard Review described her as "a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making."

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Description

Octavo. Original green boards, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's stamp to front cover in blind. With dust jacket.

Condition

A near-fine copy, light foxing to edges, in the like dust jacket, not price-clipped, rear flap fold a little rubbed, otherwise sharp and fresh.

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