The Broken Ground.
Poems.New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1964 Stock Code: 146280
First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To David Ignatow with much respect. - Wendell". This is a great association copy of Berry's first full-length collection.
The recipient, David Ignatow (1914-1997), was a fellow American poet and editor, who taught at the University of Kentucky. Ignatow would go on to write or edit more than twenty-five books and received many awards, including the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Prize and Robert Frost Medal, the Bollingen Prise, and the John Steinbeck Award.
"It was as a poet that the novelist, and environmentalist Wendell Berry first gained literary recognition. In volumes such as Openings: Poems (1968) and The Broken Ground (1964), he wrote of the countryside, the turning of the seasons, the routines of the farm, the life of the family, and the spiritual aspects of the natural world" (Poetry Foundation). The Broken Ground develops many of Berry's fundamental concerns: the cycle of life and death, responsiveness to place, pastoral subject matter, and recurring images of the Kentucky River and the hill farms of north-central Kentucky.
Octavo. Original grey cloth-backed boards, titles in gilt to spine, green endpapers. With dust jacket.
Corners a trifle bumped, the binding otherwise sharp, internally crisp. A fine copy in the near-fine jacket, faint toning to spine and rear panels, not price-clipped, unfaded.
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