Ariel

My father “honoured my mother's work and her memory by publishing Ariel... He, perhaps more than anyone, recognised and acknowledged her talent as extraordinary. Without Ariel, my mother's literary genius might have gone unremarked for ever.” -Frieda Hughes

“Largely on the strength of Ariel, Plath became one of the best-known female American poets of the 20th century.” -Poetry Foundation

SCARCE UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WORKS OF AMERICAN POETRY.

Ariel(1965)—a collection of Plath’s later poems that included ‘Daddy’ and another of her well-known poems, ‘Lady Lazarus’—sparked the growth of a much broader following of devoted and enthusiastic readers than she had during her lifetime. Ariel received a review in The New York Times that praised its ‘relentless honesty,’ ‘sophistication of the use of rhyme,’ and ‘bitter force,’ and Poetry magazine noted ‘a pervasive impatience, a positive urgency to the poems.’ Plath quickly became one of the most popular American poets” (Britannica).

Ariel, Plath’s second book of poetry, was (controversially) edited by her husband Ted Hughes and published in 1965, two years after her death.

Provenance: With ownership signature of Peter du Sautoy, director and chairman of Faber and Faber, on the front cover: "In 1946 du Sautoy joined Faber and Faber, then at the height of its prestige, largely because he wanted to be poet, but he always kept his personal aspirations in the background out of modesty. He was nevertheless a sensitive and recondite poetry editor, following in the steps of T.S. Eliot, who at the time was gradually retiring from active editorial involvement in the affairs of the company. Du Sautoy continued to accept new poets and other writers and was kind and helpful with advice to those he felt unable to accept at the time. He was made a director in 1946, vice-chairman in 1960 and chairman in 1971, a position he held until his retirement in 1977" (from his Obituary in The Independent, July 19, 1995).

London: Faber and Faber, 1965. Octavo, original printed wrappers with only light soiling. EXTREMELY RARE.

Price: $5,000 .

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