Archibald MacLeish, Public Speech, Poems by Archibald MacLeish Vintage Book Published by Farrar & Rinehart 1936 2nd Printing American Poet

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  • Vintage from the 1930s
  • Materials: trade hardcover bound in cloth, with dust jacket

"Public Speech" is a 1936 collection of poems by Archibald MacLeish, one-time Librarian of Congress (1939 - 1944), and a three-time Pultizer Prize winner for poetry. MacLeish is considered to have been part of the Modernist school of poetry. This collection was published while he was serving as Librarian of congress . He was one of the finest poets of his generation

Here is the first part of the poem that starts the book:

POLE STAR FOR THIS YEAR

Where the wheel of light is turned:
Where the axle of the night is
Turned: is motionless; where holds
And has held ancient sureness always:

Where of faring men the eyes
At oar bench at the rising bow
Have seen — torn shrouds between — the Wain
And that star's changelessness: not changing:

There upon that intent star:
Trust of wandering men: of truth
The most reminding witness: we
Fix our eyes also: waylost: the wanderers;

We too turn now to that star:
We too in whose trustless hearts
All truth alters and the lights
Of earth are out now turn to that star:

Liberty of man and mind
That once was mind's necessity
And made the West blaze up has burned
To bloody embers and the lamp's out:


TITLE : Public Speech
AUTHOR : Archibald MacLeish ( 1892 - 1982 )
IMPRINT : Farrar & Rinehart
PLACE : New York
DATE : 1936
EDITION : Second Printing (March, 1936)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

Trade hardcover; decorated title page ; unpaginated [30 pages of text]; approximately 6" x 9 ";
dark blue cloth with title, etc. lettered in gilt against a red panel on spine and front board; decorative title on title page lettered white against a blue panel ; printed dust-jacket

CONDITION :

Exterior — Soft bumps to spine extremities, with accompanying slight abrasion thereon - else clean and presentable

Binding — Solid - The book has obviously been read, and so is not so tight as when issued

Interior — End-papers are much toned ( a result of materials used - glue, etc.) - scattered barley perceptible smudging, else clean and presentable - the front fly-leaf has the original owner's name and address - the rear pastedown has a bookshop address label (Economy Book and Stationery Store)

Dust-Jacket — much worn with tears, creases, loss, smudging and spotting - looks passable under archival mylar cover

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