Hard Cover. New York: Grove Press, 1963. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First American edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth with titles in black to spine; original white dust jacket designed by Roy Kuhlman, with titles in black, green, and yellow to front panel, titles in black to spine, and photo of Beckett by Brassaï to rear jacket flap. Near fine book with light toning to edges, touch of soiling to exterior and endpapers; near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small closed tear to top of front panel discretely taped on jacket verso, and a few residual tape marks to jacket flaps. Overall, an excellent copy, bright and clean. Poems in English is a fairly slim collection of poems by Samuel Beckett that spans 20 years of published material. The collection is divided into four sections: "Whoroscope," "Echo's Bones," "Two Poems," and "Quatre Poèmes." "Whoroscope," a poem on René Descartes, was originally published in 1930 after Beckett won a publisher's poetry competition, and it has the distinction of being Beckett's first published piece. "Echo's Bones" reproduces the poems from Beckett's poetry collection, Echo's Bones and Other Precipitates (1935). "Two Poems'' includes the poems "Cascando and Saint-Lô," and "Quatre Poèmes" includes four poems that Beckett originally wrote in French, printed in this volume parallel to his own English translations. While known more for his novels and plays than his poetry, Beckett brought a strong poetic sensibility to all of his work. He wrote such classic works as Murphy (1938), Waiting for Godot (1952), and Endgame (1957), and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.