A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity. Marianne Moore.
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity
A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity

A compelling association copy of Marianne Moore’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning book, Collected Poems, charmingly inscribed by Moore on 29 January 1952 at the National Book Awards ceremony to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1951. First American impression. Hardcover. This first American impression of acclaimed American poet Marianne Moore’s Collected Poems is a remarkable association copy, inscribed on 29 January at the ceremony for the 1952 National Book Awards to fellow award recipient James Jones, author of the iconic Pearl Harbor novel From Here to Eternity. Moore humorously inscribed the front free end paper in eight lines in black ink: “For James Jones | Whom to have met is a major consolation | to Marianne Moore for | intense and unanticipated and | inappropriate unjustified | publicity: | January 29, 1952”. The inscription has a charming, work-in-progress feel, the "m to have met" appended to "Who" and the words "and inappropriate unjustified" crossed out. This copy is in very good condition in a like jacket and conforms to all dust jacket, binding, and textual first American impression issue points identified by Abbott (A10.b1, pp.38-39). Publication was 17 December 1951, six weeks before this copy was inscribed. The blue-gray cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. We note only a hint of shelf wear along the bottom edge and some wrinkling to spine ends. The contents are clean and bright apart from some transfer browning to the endpapers and spotting confined to the endpapers, first and final leaves, and page edges. The sole previous ownership mark is the author’s inscription. The pink dust jacket is unclipped and complete with toning to the folds, spine, and upper edge. In addition to toning, the lower spine shows a little moisture staining, but there is no corresponding staining to the volume. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, clear archival cover. Accompanying the volume is a monochrome photocopy of a photo of honorees Marianne Moore, James Jones, and Rachel Carson seated together at the National Book Awards dinner at which Moore inscribed this volume to Jones. One of the luminaries of American Modernist poetry, Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was described by T. S. Eliot as “one of those few who have done the language some service in my lifetime.” Moore began writing poetry while she studied at Bryn Mawr College in biology and histology. In 1918 she and her mother moved to New York City where her former classmate and fellow poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) introduced her to the members of the Greenwich Village avant-garde community. By 1921 Moore was working at the New York Public Library and published her first collection simply titled Poems. The following decades saw prodigious output from Moore as she continued to publish both her own poetry and the work of others as editor of the literary magazine Dial. Her work is noted for its humor, rich visual descriptions, and innovations in form and style. Collected Poems was published in 1951, bringing her work, already treasured among the intelligentsia, before a wider public. The collection received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry as well as the third National Book Award for Poetry. At the ceremony for the latter award, Moore inscribed the volume we here offer. The New York Times’s report on the three 1952 National Book Award recipients noted the disparity in their respective sales, with Jones’s From Here to Eternity with over 250,000 sales, Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us selling 180,000, and Moore’s collection selling fewer than 5,000. Displaying the same self-deprecating humor on display in her inscription to Jones, Moore responded: “I’m surprised it sold one.” The award was given to Moore in recognition of her lifelong contributions with the judges calling her "one of the few true inventors of poetry of our time." Atypical for a poet, she gained a sort of celebrity status in her late life. Her unusual daily uniform, a cape and tricorn hat, coupled with her long and respected output, lent the elderly poet a mythic status among her peers and made her a figure of curiosity to the public. Following her death in 1972 The New York Times honored her with a full-page obituary. Item #005810

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