"REAL VERVE, IMAGINATION AND UNIQUENESS"
JARRELL, Randall. The Seven-League Crutches. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1951). Slim octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $500.
First edition, advance review copy of Jarrell's fourth collection of poetry.
"Jarrell is our most talented poet under 40, and one whose wit, pathos and grace remind us more of Pope or Matthew Arnold than of any of his contemporaries… He is almost brutally serious about literature and so bewilderingly gifted that it is impossible to comment on him without the humiliating thought that he himself could do it better. He is a man of letters in the European sense, with real verve, imagination and uniqueness" (New York Times, contemporary review). Bruccoli & Clark 4:224. Publisher's "Advance Copy" slip affixed to front free endpaper. Blank New York Times book review slip laid in.
Toning to spine of original dust jacket, book fine.