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Merrill, James
Group of 12 autograph postcards and notes and one typewritten note, all signed, to Robert Wilson, proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop in New York City
Various place (Greece, Italy, Key West, Stonington), 1986. Fascinating group of missives from the poet to his friend, Robert Wilson, New York City book collector and bookseller Includes several instances of Merrill correcting or commenting on Wilson's book catalogues ("There's a slight overstatement in the sales pitch: that OED was given to me by *Chester* after Wysten died. (Why would WHA have given it way? He used it daily in Australia")); on Marianne Moore (noting "lunch with Miss [Marianne] Moore") and praising Wilson's remembrance of Moore ("I read it again & again - it is so 'her'"); on reading Psychic Summer: a True Account of a Menacing Experience on Fire Island ("it's junkily written & I'm not sure I believe more than, oh, 85% of it; but of course I couldn't put it down"; a criticism of Wilson's packing procedures ("I hate the way you bibliophiles wrap books. This pkg. took HOURS to undo, & then what? You put in no stiffener & this pamphlet is accordingly all rumpled. Rethink these procedures!"); along with details of travel, season's greetings and updates on health. Contained in commercial red leather album [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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