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Sterling, George- Association Copy] Sonnets - Sterling, George - 1928. 
Upton Sinclair, Long Beach 1928 - Original maroon cloth, black stamped lettering. Scarce true first edition, self-published (preceding commercial edition in the same year). Superb associatiion copy, with lengthy inscription by Mary Craig Sinclair (i.e. "Craig"), wife of Upton Sinclair, and namesake to the present book (see below). Craig writes: "To William Ellery Leonard [poet, playwright], Whose beautiful appreciation of George's loss poems lessens my sadness. Perhaps George did not grieve in vain. Mary Craig Sinclair [Kimbrough]. April 15, 1928, Long Beach, California." And on front pastedown, an inscription from Leonard reads: "The letter referred to was as follows: Dear George Sterling. and Craig. and Upton. You have all three done together some thing wonderful in its beauty and noble in its humanity, which will endure in American storyt and art. Faithfully, William Ellery Leonard. About April 10." A fascinating thread, given the fact that Mary Craig very nearly married George Sterling. "Mary Craig Kimbrough married [Upton] Sinclair onnly after long agonizing between Sinclair and his old Carmel poet frien George Sterling. In 1928 in Long Beach, Sinclair actually published some of Sterling's love sonnets to Mary Craig." [From "Literary LA," by Lionel Rolfe, 2009]. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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