New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. Robert Frost, four woodcut, J. J. Lankes.
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes

New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1923. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing of the book that won Robert Frost his first Pulitzer Prize, signed and dated by him in the year of publication. Inked in black in two lines on the front free endpaper, Frost wrote: “Robert Frost | Amherst December 1923”. This U.S. first edition was published in October 1923. It is a lovely production, bound in quarter dark green linen cloth over dark green paper-covered boards, with a gold paper label on the front cover illustrated and printed in black, and gilt print and decoration on the spine. The contents are printed on untrimmed white wove paper with gilt top edge, illustrated with four wood cuts by J. J. Lankes (1884-1960), and bound with mottled tan endpapers and yellow and green head and foot bands. This signed first edition is in better than very good condition. The lovely but fragile publisher’s binding is square and tight, with sharp corners, no fading or appreciable soiling, though we do note light scuffing to the paper-covered boards and minor mottling to the quarter linen, most prominent to the rear cover cloth. The contents are excellent, bright and clean with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Iconic American poet and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963), the quintessential poetic voice of New England, was actually born in San Francisco and first published in England. When Frost was eleven, his newly widowed mother moved east to Salem, New Hampshire, to resume a teaching career. There Frost swiftly found his poetic voice, infused by New England scenes and sensibilities. Promising as both a student and writer, Frost nonetheless dropped out of both Dartmouth and Harvard, supporting himself and a young family by teaching and farming. Ironically, it was a 1912 move to England with his wife and children – “the place to be poor and to write poems” – that finally catalyzed his recognition as a noteworthy American poet. The manuscript of A Boy’s Will was completed in England and accepted for publication by David Nutt in 1913. A convocation of critical recognition, introduction to other writers, and creative energy supported the English publication of Frost’s second book, North of Boston, in 1914, after which “Frost’s reputation as a leading poet had been firmly established in England, and Henry Holt of New York had agreed to publish his books in America.” Accolades met his return to America at the end of 1914 and by 1917 a move to Amherst “launched him on the twofold career he would lead for the rest of his life: teaching whatever “subjects” he pleased at a congenial college… and “barding around,” his term for “saying” poems in a conversational performance.” (ANB) Amherst College was home to Frost for the better part of two decades over a span of more than three. He joined the faculty in 1917 and received an honorary M.A. from Amherst the following year. He left Amherst in 1920, but returned in 1923 – the year New Hampshire was published – for another two years. Frost would return yet again to Amherst College in 1926 and remain until 1938. Following Frost’s death in 1963, his public service was held at Amherst’s Johnson Chapel. In 1924, New Hampshire won Frost the Pulitzer Prize “For the best volume of verse published during the year by an American author”. It was to be the first of his eventual four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry (1931, 1937, and 1943). In an honor accorded few poets, Frost would achieve significant fame and recognition in his lifetime. Frost spent the final decade and a half of his life as “the most highly esteemed American poet of the twentieth century” with a host of academic and civic honors to his credit. Two years before his death he became the first poet to read in the program of a U.S. Presidential inauguration (Kennedy, January 1961). Bibliographic reference: Crane A6. Item #005669

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