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FAINLIGHT, Harry
Sussicran
(London): Turret Books. (1965). First. First edition. Stapled cream-colored self-wrappers lettered in silver. Modest soiling or age-toning, a very good or better copy. One of 150 copies (of a total edition of 200; there were also 50 numbered and signed copies). Inscribed by the author: "Harry Fainlight. To Nick, with love." Turret Booklet No. 3. A collection of poetry, Sussicran (Narcissus spelled backwards) was Fainlight's only book published in his lifetime. Little known, Harry was the brother of poet Ruth Fainlight, and a close friend of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (who wrote the poem "To Be Harry" as a eulogy). He was a loner, gay, a heavy drug user, and spent time in mental hospitals. Hughes tried to convince Fainlight to publish another collection but he refused. His sister published a posthumous collection Selected Poems. This title is scarce. .
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA
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