The Fortunate Traveller
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of poetry by Walcott, a West Indian author of poetry and plays who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. This copy is inscribed by Walcott to the poet Mark Strand: "To Mark - continuing strength/ Derek." With Strand's ownership signature beneath. One of the poems in this collection, "Piano Practice" is individually dedicated to Strand. It is printed here in the proof as it appeared in The Kenyon Review in 1980, but changes were made between this and the published version, and laid in here are two photocopies of the proof version showing two versions of Walcott's revisions (in the hand of a copy editor?). The photocopies are stapled and folded in thirds; the proof is near fine in wrappers. Strand was Poet Laureate of the U.S. the year Walcott won his Nobel Prize; Strand also won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999, for his collection Blizzard of One, which contained the poem "The View," dedicated to Walcott. A superb literary association between two of the preeminent poets of the 20th century. [#033199] $1,500
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