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Ardours and Endurances
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers,, [1918]. Octavo. Original blue boards, titles gilt to spine and imprint to front. Photographic portrait frontispiece. Spine dulled, a few faint marks to cloth, frontispiece creased and torn by the author himself (and reattached by the owner with note), otherwise sound and internally clean, a very good copy. First US edition, first printing, fulsomely inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with an eight-line poetic quotation from "The Full Heart" (printed p. 65). From the library of Lois Walcott Kellogg (1894–1944), wealthy heiress to the Charles P. Kellogg manufacturing fortune through her mother Emma Lois Kellogg, and daughter of Supreme Court Justice Pierrepont Isham. The portrait frontispiece has been torn out and scrunched up by the poet, latterly reattached with the annotation in Kellogg's hand to the blank recto, "Torn out by R.N. at Morristown in a fit of disgust – quite affected!", and additionally teasingly annotated the handsome portrait itself "'The Flapper's Delight'". The rear endpapers bear in pencil (likely in Nichols's hand) a pointedly modernist reading list comprising works by D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Dorothy Richardson, and Virginia Woolf. Kellogg has also noted beneath that these are "books recommended by R.N." and notes that in the text, of the "marginal notes three are by R.N. while reading aloud" (see pp. 113–14). Kellogg hosted Nichols in Morristown, New Jersey, just after the end of the First World War. Laid-in are the first two pages of an incomplete autograph letter from Lois Kellogg, dated December 1918, which relate to her mother the experience of having the poet to stay: "The poet is returning after tea and I'll have time for a line to you. It has been a most perfect week-end!... Can you imagine a timid, erratic, quite conceited, shell-shocked poet being drawn out and coaxed along by Aunt Jane with her wonderful tact and humour and that irresistible chuckle? Of course Robert Nichols is nothing but a very young & very self-centred but exceedingly brilliant and charming human – he takes all kinds of 'poetic-licence'... The way American ovation is going to his silly young head makes me weep – he is such a nice boy and a really gifted writer. The sooner he goes back to England the better, for now his head and his purse are swelling (he has become quite commercially interested in the Hearst Magazine for which he is this minute attempting to finish a clever but purely popular article) and after he has made enough money off us he will go back home to his sick father and his wounded brother and all the rest of them too tired of war to make such a fuss over him and perhaps he may get sobered down a bit". There is also a contemporary photograph laid-in showing Nichols posing with a young girl. This US edition, published in the year after the UK first, includes a new introduction by Nichols.
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