11 October 2002
HEANEY, Seamus (b. 1939). Field Work. London: Faber and Faber, 1979.
8o. Original brown cloth; pictorial dust jacket. Provenance: Roger Rechler (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY HEANEY TO ROGER RECHLER on the front free endpaper: "To Roger Rechler--herein the poet pays some attention to Lowell's question, 'But why not say what happened?' With high regard, Seamus Heaney 8 May 1993." Field Work collects Heaney's great elegy to Robert Lowell for the first time. This copy was inscribed in the Sag Harbor home of John and Julianne Scanlon, two doors away from the residence of Caroline Blackwood Lowell, Lowell's widow. With the Poetry Book Society advertisement loosely laid in.
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