"THAT'S A DOOR WORTH WATCHING… I SHALL GO DOWN TO IT SOME DAY AND KNOCK"
ROBINSON, Edwin Arlington. Matthias at the Door. New York: Macmillan, 1931. Octavo, original green cloth, printed paper spine label, top edge gilt, original glassine dust jacket, original cardboard slipcase with corresponding printed paper spine label.
Signed limited first edition, number 144 of 500 copies signed by Robinson.
As he did in his earlier work Roman Bartholow (1923), Robinson here again considers the quest for a psychological, "quasi-religious 'father'… Even if religious faith were proved an illusion, these poems argue, faith in some form is indispensable" (Nicholas Ayo). "Robinson's blank verse is a perfected instrument, developed exactly to his needs… And Robinson's interpretation of impassioned speech has never reached a more moving climax, or developed a finer music, than here" (Monroe, Poetry 39:4 , 216-17). Bruccoli & Clark II:341.
Small abrasions to original slipcase. Original glassine dust jacket with light wear to edges. Book fine.