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Correspondence/Typescript etc. between Ray Roberts and Howard Moss

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Author: Moss, Howard - Ray Roberts
Price: $800.00
Publisher Location: n.p.
Publisher: n.p.
Year Published: 1971
Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition
Archive of over 40 items, ca. 1971-81 (bulk 1973). Letters from New Yorker poetry editor and National Book Award-winning poet Howard Moss to Ray Roberts, then editor at Macmillan. Moss’s correspondence is largely in regard to A Poet’s Story (New York, 1973), the anthology of short stores by eminent poets for which he wrote the introduction and edited. Highlights include Moss’s thoughts on different writers as he discusses whom to include in the book – discussed specifically are Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Berryman. Several letters begin energetically with, “Here’s another story I’d like to include...” and go on to share his latest ideas for the project; other topics include Moss’s own contributions and general editorial duties such as obtaining permissions, contracts, etc. Inventory: Ca. 16 typed letters signed. Typed note signed and 3 autograph notes/card signed. 3 typed postcards signed. A handful of enclosures, including photocopies or carbons of other correspondence; Manuscript material: Introduction to A Poet’s Story, ca. 18 pp. typescript, comprised of annotated photocopied pages with Moss’s latest corrections in ink, as well as a handful of passages inserted into the text and affixed to the page with tape. Together with his ALS that announces, “Here’s the umptieth revision of you-know-what...” “A Ceremony of Losers,” - story by Moss, ca. 7 pp. photocopy typescript. A "Xerox" of a letter from Josephine jacobsen about a serious misprint in her story as published. Printed matter Ca. 17 items, including a proof of Moss' Chekov published by Albondocani Press, printed (small broadside) of a poem by Moss: "Travel: A Window", programs from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Creative Arts Awards, and tear sheets of Moss articles and poems from the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, etc. Minor wear, creasing, some folded for mailing, but all near fine to fine.