Item #16232 Typescripts and Als to Teo Savory. Robert Pinsky.
Typescripts and Als to Teo Savory
Typescripts and Als to Teo Savory
Typescripts and Als to Teo Savory
Typescripts and Als to Teo Savory

Typescripts and Als to Teo Savory

n.p. self-published, 1974. First Edition. no binding. Three typescripts (three poems) totaling twenty pages; and one letter Als addressed to poet, novelist, publisher Teo Savory all prior to publication of his first book submitting the work for "consideration as a pamphlet or chapbook by itself... still getting maximum possible praise from publishers, without being published". “I don’t know how to say this, exactly: the enclosed may not even look like a poem at first – but I am proud of it, feel it is an experiment that works, & is like nothing else.” 

One autograph letter signed, to Teo Savory, with three poems. 1974. Pinsky submitted these three poems to Teo Savory, who edited Unicorn Press, a small press based in Greensboro, NC, (first established in Santa Barbara, CA) with her husband, Alan Brilliant. All of them eventually appeared in Pinksy’s debut, Sadness and Happiness, which was published by Princeton University Press in 1975. Pinsky’s letter to Savory antedates the volume by some seven months. “The Sentences” is a single thirteen-line stanza that uses the imagery of a late autumn sun to invoke the futility of language as a means of describing experience. “Essay on Psychiatrists” was Pinksy’s breakthrough work, and it unpacks the psyche of the psychiatrist with great reference to madness, despair, and Greek tragedy. “Tennis” grew out of Pinksy’s enthusiasm for the sport, and makes for an artful compendium of athletic advice set in iambic pentameter. 

The contents of the collection include the following: Autograph letter signed, to Teo Savory. April 15, 1974. 8vo.; on Wellesley College letterhead; recto and verso. Typescript draft. “The Sentences.” November 15, 1974. 4to.; recto only. Inscribed “For Teo Savory.” Typescript draft. “Essay on Psychiatrists.” November 15, 1974. 4to.; 16 leaves; with an annotation in Pinsky’s hand; rectos only. Typescript draft. “Tennis.” November 15, 1974. 4to.; three leaves; with an annotation in Pinksy’s hand; rectos only. Rust marks from old paperclip and staples, three sheets ("Tennis") with loss from torn staples; still all very good. All housed in a custom green linen folder with leather label.

A remarkable look at the beginnings of the career of one of our most prominent poets; including some of the poems that made his early reputation. Very good. Item #16232

Robert Pinsky was named Poet Laureate in 1997 and served an unprecedented three terms. His THE FIGURED WHEEL was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Besides his numerous collections of poetry and criticism, he is a noted translator, including of the highly praised Dante's THE INFERNO.

Price: $1,600.00

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