Williams, William Carlos; Heal, Edith (editor)
I Wanted To Write A Poem
Boston: Beacon Press, 1958. Octavo, original tan cloth with white lettering to spine, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Light shelfwear to jacket. Neat pencil checks in margins.
First edition of this “autobiography of the works of a poet," signed by William Carlos Williams in his erratic post-stroke hand, additionally inscribed by editor Edith Heal to critic and scholar William York Tindall at Columbia University: “For W.Y. Tindall, from a student who appreciated and has used what he taught for other students." In this collection of interviews, Williams recounts the stories behind the writing and publication of his major works, with occasional wry interjections from his wife Florence, better known as “Floss": “We used to laugh . . . at how often Bill appeared in the last issue of a magazine. As soon as they published him, the magazine would blow up." A near-fine copy of a surprising and interesting book, with excellent literary provenance.