Collected Poems: 1917-1952.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, . 8vo. Blue and black cloth with silver lettering. viii, 407pp. Very good. Quite mild binding wear, else super tight and internally near fine; lacks dust jacket. Item #49038
Attractive early printing of this Pulitzer Prize winner. Front pastedown bears small elegant bookplate of New York City's elite Century Club, and on the facing front flyleaf the poet boldly inscribes and signs it in black ink for this august institution: "For / The Century Club / Where a man / likes to be / Archibald MacLeish." As if being a prolific poet, playwright and writer weren't enough -- winning Pulitzer Prizes in 1933, 1952 and 1958 along the way, as well as a National Book Award and numerous others -- this man of letters (1892-1982) was appointed Librarian of Congress in 1939, and despite his lacking a library science degree he reorganized and revolutionized that unwieldy behemoth before departing in 1944; oh yes, he also squeezed in a career as an attorney and as writing professor at Harvard.