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ROSENBERG, Isaac.

The Collected Works.

Poetry, Prose, Letters, and Some Drawings. Edited by Gordon Bottomley & Denys Harding. With a Foreword by Siegfried Sassoon.

London: Chatto and Windus, 1937 Stock Code: 143560
£1,750.00
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First edition, first impression, scarce, with an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. This is the first collected edition of the Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg, who was killed on the Western Front in 1918.

"Rosenberg's poems from the front show him to have absorbed the great tradition of English pastoral poetry, but his tone is different: more impersonal, informal, ironic, and lacking the indignation characteristic of the work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. In such poems as 'Break of Day in the Trenches', 'Returning we Hear the Larks', and his masterpiece, 'Dead Man's Dump', Rosenberg succeeded in his intention of writing 'Simple poetry - that is where an interesting complexity of thought is kept in tone and right value to the dominating idea so that it is understandable and still ungraspable'. Rosenberg was killed on the Western Front near Fampoux, north-east of Arras, on 1 April 1918 and buried in an unmarked grave. His remains were discovered eight years later and reinterred under a headstone in the Bailleul Road east cemetery in Flanders" (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to spine, top edge red. With dust jacket.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece and 7 other plates.

Condition

Bookplate. Faint mark to upper inner corner of front board, mild fading to extremities of boards, top edge a little dust soiled, but a sound smart copy in excellent condition, with the dust jacket only a little tanned to spine panel, lightly rubbed at the ends, and with some minor spots and marks, but nonetheless exceptional.

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