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Four Quartets.
London: Faber and Faber, 1952 - Octavo. Original beige cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the dust jacket. Slight tanning along board edges, light spotting to endpapers; a very good copy in the rubbed and soiled jacket. Presentation copy of the ninth impression of the first UK collected edition (first published thus in the UK in 1944, in the US in 1943, and originally published in four separate volumes in 1940-1); this copy inscribed by Eliot on the title page, "Inscribed for Hugo Manning Esquire, by T. S. Eliot". Hugo Manning (1913-77) was a Jewish poet who served as a Lance-Corporal in the Intelligence Corps in North Africa, was wounded out in 1944, lived for some time in Buenos Aires, and corresponded with (often sending poems to) a range of writers including Henry Miller, Nancy Cunard, T.S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, Ezra Pound, and Muriel Spark. Literary critic Mario Praz praised Manning's long poem The Secret Sea (Villiers, 1962) as "an outstanding contribution to the enrichment of the English language", and has also noted the influence of Eliot on Manning's work. His poems went out of print at his death, but a collection compiled by Ivan Savidge, with an introduction by Kathleen Raine, was published in 1997; the University of Texas in Austin holds his papers.
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