AUDEN, W. H.

Nones.

New York: Random House, 1951 Stock Code: 147723
£750.00
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"We, too, make noises when we laugh or weep, / Words are for those with promises to keep"

First edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page, "To Bill from Wystan", with his printed name struck through. This collection includes the poem "Their Lonely Betters" (p. 18).

The recipient 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 dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray, toured Europe with him, and in 1971 found him a position as a visiting lecturer in American Literature at the University of Graz in Austria.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue quarter cloth, grey paper-covered sides, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, publisher's device to rear cover in silver, top edge blue. With supplied dust jacket.

Condition

Minor rubbing to extremities, internally bright, pencil check marks to contents page, otherwise clean. A very good copy indeed, in like dust jacket, spine panel slightly toned, else bright, not price-clipped.

Bibliography

Bloomfield and Mendelson A32a.

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