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London: Desmond Harmsworth, 1931. 8vo. 55 pp. Original red cloth. Lightly soiled, lacks jacket. FIRST EDITION. A SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY, COPIOUSLY ANNOTATED BY EDWARD SACKVILLE-WEST, 5th Baron Sackville, and with his bookplate. Nearly a third of the pages bear marks and pencilled notes by Sackville-West, and he reserves his lengthiest vitriole for the end: "The book of an averagely stupid, practically illiterate, American -- a deeply maddening book..." Elsewhere, Sackville-West marks passages as "rubbish," refers to Pound's "poor intellect", and demeans Pound's American English, as when he underlines the sentence "I rest my case." and writes "not English." Sackville-West, the cousin of Vita, wrote four autobiographical novels in the 1920s and 30s that failed to find a large audience. His work as a music critic and as biographer of Thomas de Quincey, however, made him a well known figure. His column in 'New Statesmen' championed the young Benjamin Britten and helped establish the composer's reputation in Britain. His biography of de Quincey, titled 'A Flame in Sunlight,' won the James Tate Black Memorial Prize, one of Britain's oldest literary awards. Gallup A33.
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