OLIVER, Mary.

Twelve Moons.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979 Stock Code: 149121
£2,000.00
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Signed copy

First edition, first printing, the scarce hardcover issue of this early and significant collection, signed by Oliver on the title page.

Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard Tillinghast has written 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. As with Dickinson, Oliver lived for most of her life in Massachusetts, writing poems from her home in Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Oliver later won 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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Description

Octavo. Original black boards, spine lettered in silver, facsimile of Oliver's signature in silver to front board, green-beige endpapers. With dust jacket.

Condition

A fine copy in very good jacket, spine panel water-stained and a little crinkled, not price-clipped, else bright.

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