OLIVER, Mary.

No Voyage and Other Poems.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965 Stock Code: 146939
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"She writes with all her senses alert"

First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, of the scarce first book of poems by Mary Oliver (1935-2019). The US edition is expanded from the UK edition, published in 1963. It contains some of her first nature poems (on snow, trees, hawks, lakes, and the sea), which became her primary theme in later collections.

Reviewing the present volume, J. Price Turner describes how Oliver "writes with all her senses alert"; she is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard Tillinghast later wrote that "her familiarity with the natural world has an uncomplicated, nineteenth-century feeling", and she has been compared to William Blake, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Emily Dickinson. As with Dickinson, Oliver lived for most of her life in Massachusetts, writing poems from her home in Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Oliver won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and 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. The humbling effect of that perspective is her lasting gift to readers."

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Octavo. Original paper wrappers, spine and covers lettered in black, covers ruled in blue.

Condition

Ownership stamp to half-title. A very good copy indeed, spine slightly toned, a handful of marks to wrappers, contents clean and fresh.

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