Item #EDW007 I Thought of Daisy. Edmund Wilson.

I Thought of Daisy

Price: $50.00

Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929. First Edition. Near Fine.

First edition, first printing. Publisher’s navy cloth, lettered in light blue, deckled fore edge; lacking dust jacket. Near fine book with light toning to spine, a touch of wear to head of spine, slightly dusty top edge of text block, a bit of offsetting to endpapers, previous owner’s inscription in pencil to front free endpaper, and light toning to pages. Overall, an excellent copy without any nicks or tears to pages. I Thought of Daisy, set in 1920s Greenwich Village, tells the story of a young writer in love with two very different women - poet Rita Cavanaugh and chorus girl Daisy Coleman. Some characters in the book are representations of real figures, like Rita, who’s a thinly veiled portrayal of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, whom Wilson was in love with for a number of years. Edmund later wrote that the book was inspired by James Joyce and Marcel Proust, and that he had intended it to be “a sort of symphonic movement.” Best known for his literary criticism, Wilson made a few forays into fiction writing, this being his first published novel. Item #EDW007