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Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures - UPDIKE John - 1958. [1278018]
1958 - UPDIKE, John. The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958. Small octavo, original black and gray paper boards, original dust jacket. $2000.First edition of Updike's first book, a collection of light verse, signed by the author in green ink.Updike wrote this, his first published book, while a "Talk of the Town" reporter for The New Yorker. He noted that "I began as a writer of light verse, and have tried to carry over into my serious or lyric verse something of the strictness and liveliness of the lesser form" (Poetry Foundation). Only 2000 copies of this collection of "intellectual, witty pieces on the absurdities of modern life" (Encyclopedia of Literature) were printed (Yellin, 20). First edition with code "B-H" on copyright page, in first-state dust jacket, with mention of Updike's "two small children." Interior fine; light rubbing to spine ends. Slight wear to extremities of bright dust jacket. A fine copy, scarce signed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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