North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord. Robert Frost.
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord
North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord

North of Boston, an association copy belonging to the author's friend and fellow poet David McCord, featuring both McCord's dated ownership signature and a 28 April 1924 autograph letter from Frost to McCord

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. First American edition, second printing. Hardcover. This association copy of the first American edition, second printing of Frost’s second published book belonged to the author’s friend and fellow poet, David Thompson Watson McCord (1897-1997). On the front free endpaper, McCord wrote “McCord | Cambridge | May 13, 1926.” More significant, to the same front free endpaper McCord affixed a letter from Frost. The letter, written entirely in Frost’s hand, filling both sides of a single sheet of blank, laid paper stationery twice folded, reads: Amherst Mass | April 28 1924 | Dear Mr McCord: | You were kept | from ever sending me your | Transcript article by what I | said about wanting to live in a | fools paradise. You shouldn’t | have taken me quite so at | my word. All I meant was I | hated to be too feelingly | persuaded what I was. | I have just ordered you | from Ward a couple of | photographs to choose between. | Perhaps they had better come | round by way of me for my | autograph. | Your wanting my picture | is very friendly and shows | you must have forgiven me | any sins. If I spoke too | warily that night instead of | jumping at your article with | thanks it was because you | caught me at a moment when | I was oversensitive from just | having been too public | Sincerely yours | Robert Frost. McCord was 26 when the 50-year-old Frost wrote him this letter. Both men found poetic voice through fortuitous displacement during adolescence – Frost when his widowed mother moved him from San Francisco to Massachusetts, McCord when he moved from New Jersey to Oregon to live on a remote farm with his uncle. McCord would serve for 38 years as director of the Harvard Fund, retiring in 1963 – the year Frost died. McCord became a valuable personal friend to Frost, but his praise of Frost preceded friendship. As a 25-year-old Harvard chemist, McCord wrote a review of New Hampshire published in the Boston Evening Transcript on 8 December 1923. McCord’s review – both insightful and eloquent – is preserved on the Pulitzer website. In early 1924 Frost was read and regarded, but his fame was not yet fully fledged. Frost lectured in a number of cities in March and April 1924. We can infer that at some public event the younger poet offered a copy of his review and Frost declined with a glib “fools paradise” remark invoking Shakespeare. We assume that Frost later read the review and, chagrined, reached out to McCord, offering both explanation and a signed photograph. If this was not the first correspondence between the two men, it was certainly very early in their relationship. Validating both Frost’s work and McCord’s review thereof, on 12 May 1924, two weeks after this letter was written, it was announced that Frost had been awarded the Pulitzer for New Hampshire. Both Frost’s fame and his relationship with McCord grew. When Frost’s wife, Elinor, died in 1938, McCord served as one of Elinor’s pall bearers. McCord chaired the committee that established the Emerson-Thoreau Medal, which was bestowed in 1958 on its first recipient, Robert Frost. And in 1962 McCord played a critical part in Harvard’s role in the resolution conferring the Congressional Gold Medal on Frost. Like Frost, McCord earned a host of honors and honorary degrees in his lifetime, authoring and editing more than 50 books and 500 children’s poems. Frost’s letter to McCord is clean and complete, though in two pieces, neatly split along the horizontal fold. The volume is in good plus condition, square and tight though with sunning to the spine and modest wear to extremities. The contents are bright with no spotting. Cosmetic endpaper gutter splits do not affect binding integrity but expose the intact mull beneath. The copyright page erroneously designates this copy as “Third edition, 1915”. It is actually the second printing of the first American edition printed and published by Holt in 1915, with binding and contents the same as those of the first printing of the same year. Item #005910

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