Item #22904 Two Poems. John Berryman.
Two Poems
Two Poems

Two Poems SIGNED

John & Eileen Berryman, 1942. Wrappers. A very important Association copy of John Berryman's scarcest title, this 1942 fragile, self-published, folded single sheet, limited to 60 copies. INSCRIBED BY BERRYMAN TO HIS GREAT COLLEGE FRIEND FROM COLUMBIA, ROBERT GIROUX, HIMSELF A TITAN OF 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE. Given Bob Giroux's strong link to Berryman (both personally and professionally), the primacy of this connection cannot be overstated. It was Giroux who edited and guided through Berryman's earliest published work at Harcourt, Brace and it was Giroux who both edited and published Berryman's later and final works (including Pulitzer and National Book Award winners) while running the eponymous Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Inscribed on the title to "Rusty", a well-known Giroux nickname in college reserved for close friends. The single beige sheet, measuring 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" wide and neatly folded in half to create 4 panels, has held up very nicely. Bright and crisp, with just a very light touch of soiling at the rear panel and one thin, even streak of offsetting to the front panel. The "two poems" are " "The Ball Room" (at the verso) and "For His Marriage" at the facing recto. Also includes a crytic, laid-in note in Berryman's hand that reads: "write to us, O twice dog!". A major Berryman item, coming onto the market for the first time. Very Good. Item #22904

Price: $9,500.00

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