Challenge.London: Oxford University Press, 1942 Stock Code: 116364
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by author on the half-title, "To Stephen Gwynn from Wilfrid Gibson". It is likely that the recipient was the Irish journalist, politician, and poet Stephen Lucius Gwynn (1864-1950). This collection features poems inspired by the First World War, in which both men fought. Challenge is an example of "the central theme which characterizes his poetry: the lives of ordinary people... he achieved fame as the poet of the 'inarticulate poor'... he wrote of the poor of town and country in a plain idiom that reflected their plain speech; he spoke for and aroused sympathy for the northern people among whom he had grown up" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original orange wrappers. With the printed dust jacket. Housed in a custom flat-backed orange card box.
Spine faded to brown, covers faded at edges, a few minor scratches to covers, spot of ink to rear cover, a little foxing to contents. A very good copy.
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