Hard Cover. Frankfurt: S. Fischer, 1963. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Frankfurt: S. Fischer, 1963. First edition. Inscribed by Celan to French literary critic Yvon Belaval in the year of publication to half title. Publisher's light gray-green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, in the original white dust jacket, lettered in black. A near fine copy with a few small bumps to edges of front board and light sunning to spine, dust jacket with some spotting and faint toning, chipping to spine cap, and a half-inch closed tear to top edge of rear panel. Overall, a pleasing copy. Housed in a custom slipcase. From the library of Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman. Die Niemandsrose is Celan's fifth book of poetry and the first to appear after the crushing accusations of plagiarism by Claire Goll, which had tormented him for years. Die Niemandsrose, which appears under an epigraph in Cyrillic to the effect, "All poets are Jews," explicitly considers Jewish themes as well as the tragic demise of many of the great poets of the century, notably Mandelshtam and Tsvetaeva. Chiefly a biographer, Professor Kenneth Silverman co-directed the American Civilization program at NYU, and won not only the Pulitzer but also the Bancroft Prize for his work The Life and Times of Cotton Mather. Other notable works of his include biographies of Edgar Allan Poe and Samuel F. B. Morse. A magician himself, he also profiled the life of Harry Houdini.