Our World.Boston: Beacon Press, 2007 Stock Code: 147538
First edition, first impression, signed by Oliver on the rear free endpaper. Published two years after the death of Oliver's partner, Molly Malone Cook, in 2005, Our World brings together Cook's photography and Oliver's poems and prose in "an intimate revelation of their lives and art" (front flap).
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) 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 Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Emily Dickinson. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and the National Book Award in 1992, and lived for most of her life in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with Molly Malone Cook (1925-2005), a gallery owner and amateur photographer.
Oblong octavo. Original folding blue wrappers, spine and covers lettered in black, monochrome photographic illustrations to covers, grey endpapers.
With monochrome photographs by Cook.
Ownership book labels to front free endpaper and rear pastedown. A sharp, near-fine copy, slightly bowed, barcode sticker to rear, contents clean and free from marks.
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