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HARDY Thomas
Winter Words in various Moods and Metres
1928. First edition. 8vo., original green cloth gilt. London, Macmillan and Co Ltd. Inscribed by Thomas Hardy's widow ?To his friends Ruth & Henry Head, Oct: 11th. 1928. Florence Hardy?, the use of different pens indicating that the inscription incorporates a pre-prepared generic inscription. Sir Henry Head, neurologist, research partner with W.H.R. Rivers, and poet: Ruth Head, née Mayhew, teacher, writer and editor of Pages from the Work of Thomas Hardy, Methuen 1922. At one stage the Heads lived in Dorset, and were close visiting friends of the Hardys, and later became important friends and confidants of Siegfried Sassoon. Henry, who at one time also attended Virginia Woolf, helped Florence with some medical issues. Hardy, in discussion with Ruth about the anthology she was preparing from his writings, made the nervously expressed observation that ?The difficulty of selections, in poetry particularly, is (if you don't mind my saying it) that though what a woman reader likes a man may usually like, what a man likes most is sometimes what a woman does not like at all. And this especially with my writings.? In the same letter he also suggested that there ?is really no fundamental difference between the prose and the verse?, which he modified in the following letter by saying that ?I don't care an atom what prose you select?. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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