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[Letter and Postcard] with THE WHOLE THING

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Author: Heaney, Seamus [Derek Walcott]
Price: $2500.00
Publisher Location: [New York]
Publisher: Recorder, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society
Year Published: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
Stapled printed wrappers; 8vo. 18 pp. "This lecture published in The Recorder, the Journal of the American Irish Historical Society (Volume 15, Number 1, Spring 2002), edited by Christopher Cahill. Five hundred copies printed ..."--Colophon. This copy specially inscribed and signed by Heaney echoing the title. On the last blank leaf dated February 2003 and signed again by the poet is the entirety of the poem in the poet's hand "Horace and the Thunder". This poem was published in different forms and first published in book form in 2004 as "Anything Can Happen" in DISTRICT AND CIRCLE. The printed version changes one significant word "tallest things" becomes "tallest towers" in the printed version (obviously referencing 9/11). The printed version also has an entirely different last line: here it is rendered "smoke-fire and boiling ashes darken day". WITH: A letter (ALs of of 100+ words) from Heaney conveying the book mentioning "the more recent version of the poem... 'on the back page of the pamphlet'". The letter addressed "c/o The [Derek] Walcott's, St. Lucia", with an envelope addressed by Heaney to the recipient to his NYC address with a St. Lucia stamp. WITH: a postcard from both Seamus Heaney & Derek Walcott (which has a canceled St. Lucia Derek Walcott stamp) to the same recipient. SH mentioning the pamphlet; Walcott joking that "Seamus... My most miserable guest". A remarkable post card in the hand of two Nobel Prize-winning poets, and all-in-all a unique grouping. Housed in a lovely (expensive) slipcase with leather label. The recipient a book dealer, but clearly also a friend of both poets. The book rarely found (six found on WorldCat, none in commerce), and certainly so with an important poem in holograph. Brandes & Durkin A78.