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Autumn Journal. A poem.
Faber and Faber. London 1939 - First impression. Signed by MacNeice to the title page. Very good condition in dust wrapper. Binding rubbed and edge-worn, the dustwrapper likely a later addition, but a first impression wrapper and an elegant match. The literary critic Hermann Peschmann's copy, his name, address and pencil notations to the end paper. MacNeice's early masterpiece, a long poem written between August and December 1938. MacNeice wrote to Eliot that the work was: "not strictly a 'journal' it simultaneously represents the condition of a society in crisis, and formulates an emotional, social, political and 'ethical' response to that crisis." Autumn Journal is in part an acutely observed and wry reflection on the political 1930s; Spain, Munich and the looming shadow of war; in part the record of a love affair and of its end. A passionate, didactic narrative which interweaves private and public identities. Marsack (1980) has described the poem as being: "Reportage, metaphysics, ethics, lyrical emotion, autobiography, nightmare." One of the great works of twentieth-century literature. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: David Cornell]
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