Epistle to a Godson and Other Poems.London: Faber and Faber, 1972 Stock Code: 147414
Inscribed to the dedicatee of Auden's poem "The Aliens"First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray from Wystan", his printed name struck through. Auden dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray in this volume (pp. 35-36); Auden has also corrected "United Nations Hymn" (p. 60).
This was the last collection of poems Auden published in his lifetime. The recipient and dedicatee Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met Ezra Pound. Auden toured Europe with Gray, and in 1971 found him a position as a visiting lecturer in American Literature at the University of Graz in Austria.
Octavo. Original brown quarter cloth, cream paper-covered sides, spine lettered in gilt. With dust jacket.
Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. A fine, crisp copy, in very good dust jacket, not price-clipped, couple of nicks, else bright and sharp.
Not in Bloomfield and Mendelson.
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