45 Mercy Street. Anne Sexton.

45 Mercy Street

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976. Octavo, full ivory cloth lettered in silver and gilt, ivory endpapers, original unclipped typographic dust jacket printed in red and black. Lightest shelfwear to jacket, with two short closed tears.

First edition of Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Sexton's posthumously published collection of poems, including those addressing her 1973 divorce and subsequent depression. In 1974, Sexton had written her agent about the work in progress: “it must be quite delayed because part of it is too personal to publish for quite some time." The final manuscript was edited by Sexton's daughter, Linda Gray Sexton. Highlights include the title poem, “Food," “Bat," “Landscape Winter," and “The Break Away": “Next I dream the love is swallowing itself. / Next I dream the love is made of glass, / glass coming through the telephone / that is breaking slowly, / day by day, into my ear." A near-fine copy.

Price: $45.00

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