In A Green Night.
Poems 1948-1960.London, Jonathan Cape, 1962 Stock Code: 141382
NotesFirst edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the publisher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Tom Maschler, gratefully, Derek Walcott, Oct 9 64". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in 1966. In 1962 he was searching for new talent and Alan Ross, the editor of The London Magazine, suggested Walcott. Maschler later wrote of the decision to publish Walcott that "while I did know that Derek was a very important poet, I didn't know then just how important he would be... but I did like the book enormously" (Wroe, The Guardian). In a Green Night became Walcott's first collection of poetry to be published outside the Caribbean, and he went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Maschler had a particular genius for bringing world-class writers from Abroad (such as Neruda and Garcia Marquez) to publish in the UK, and overall 15 of his authors were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Octavo. Original green patterned paper-covered sides, white backstrip, titles to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket.
A fine copy.
Wroe, Nicholas, "The laureate of St Lucia", The Guardian (2000).
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