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77 Dream Song [with] His Toy, His Dream, His Rest [Inscribed]
New York Farrar, Straus / Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1968 First Printings of Berryman's Dream Songs sequence, winner of the Pulitzer Prize (77 Dream Songs) and the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize for poetry (His Toy, His Dream, His Rest). Complete in two octavo volumes: xii,84; xxii,317,[1]pp. 77 Dream Songs: Publisher's navy blue calico cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained pink, pale yellow end papers; white illustrated dust jacket dust jacket printed in black, yellowish-brown, and deep pink, and priced $3.95. About Fine (one tip bumped), in about Fine jacket. His Toy: Publisher's navy blue calico cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained pink, pale yellow laid end papers, typographic dust jacket printed in green, yellow and purplish pink on black background, priced $6.50. Signed by Berryman on front flyleaf and inscribed: "To Joseph Hass / John Berryman [underscored]." (Haas was the Chicago Daily News reporter who interviewed Berryman on several occasions, as well as, perhaps, more famously, Bob Dylan.) About Fine (slight fading to topstain); About Fine jacket (slight toning and wrinkling to rear panel's upper edge, trivial spots lower edge). Stefanik A11.1.a and A16.1.a. Fine- ΒΆ In the mid-1950s, Berryman began an intensive written analysis of his dreams that "led him toward a new sort of poem, a short, jazzy lyric spoken by a persona, or sometimes by a number of voices. The new poems, which would eventually become The Dream Songs, explored deep recesses of the unconscious, Oedipal tendencies, intense feelings of loss, . . . By the early 1960s he had a suitcase of these new poems, written primarily in eight-line stanzas and spoken by a character named Henry, whom Berryman later described as a white middle-aged man who has suffered an 'irreversible loss.' . . . Berryman put a substantial group of the poems together and published them in 1964 as 77 Dream Songs. . . . Four years later, he published a larger collection of Dream Songs titled His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, bringing the total number published to 385. . . . The themes of The Dream Songs are many, including: love, death, fame, history, politics, and the individual in relation to society. The sequence includes a number of memorable elegies for fellow poets, and remarkable individual poems brooding over the death of a father. However, it is the voice and character of Henry, and the unique style of the poems, driven by Henry's humour, depression, and strange associations, which continue to fascinate readers." (Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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