POEMS. Clinch Calkins.


New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. The author's first book. Born in Evansville, Wisconsin, Calkins (1895-1968) graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1918 and worked in a Milwaukee artillery shell packing plant, before returning to her alma mater to teach English and art history. Around this time, she entered the annual poetry competition held by the Nation, submitting her poem "I Was a Maiden" under the name of Clinch Calkins because she wanted her authorship to be gender neutral. Oswald Garrison Villard, the editor, awarded the poem third prize but did not publish it for fear that its content was too avant garde and would cost the magazine its mailing privileges. It appears here for the first time. Small octavo. Original decorative paper-covered boards, with printed yellow paper title labels. The dust jacket is a bit browned, with a lengthy closed tear along the rear fold; otherwise very good. Very good / Good. Item #69422

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