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Graves, Robert
Good-bye To All That; An Autobiography by Robert Graves
Jonathan Cape, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. First issue (see details below), octavo size, 448 pp., in publisher's dust jacket. Very good + / good +. Robert von Ranke Graves (1895-1985) was born into a literary family and showed literary genius from a young age. Although the horrors of "The Great War" and subsequent difficulties had a devastating effect on him, he would write almost his entire life, producing more than 135 books including the popular "I, Claudius" and, in addition to earning many awards, was presented by Queen Elizabeth with her gold medal for poetry. This work made Graves famous; it has been called "a searing work of genius in which [he] offers up a heavily rewritten version of his past life upon the altar of his present love." The first issue, of which this copy is one, includes the short passage on p. 290 and a poem by Siegfried Sassoon on pages 341 to 343; these two sections were expurgated from all future printings. Per the bibliography, it is estimated that only about 100 copies were released containing these passages; now, almost 100 years after publication, these passage seem important to understanding the whole. With a "Dedicatory Epilogue to Laura Riding", Graves' lover at the time and credited to being his literary muse for this, and several other, works during the course of their relationship. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full salmon cloth over boards, gilt lettering on the spine, back blind-stamped with publisher's device, frontis a black and white portrait of Graves, title page with publisher's device, an additional seven black-and-white plates … [Click Below for Full Description]
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