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De Casseres, Benjamin

The shadow-eater

Willmarth Publishing/Albert & Charles Boni, New York. 1917, 59p., 5x7.5 inches, 1/650 copies, personal gift inscription by someone other than the poet to George Fawcett, possibly the actor, date 1918, unopened pages, lightly-worn pink boards with paper title label affixed front. De Casseres was a fairly arrogant journalist and film and theatre critic who was friends with Don Marquis (who wrote the preface for the 1923 illustrated edition of this, his first book) I say fairly arrogant based on two quotes of his: "I never read women writers...because I think in the arts women 'do not belong.' Sex is their art; let them stick to it." ("A Self-Interview" Contempo I.9 Sept. 15, 1931. p. 1) "When Sinclair (Lewis) is dead he's dead; when I die I'm immortal." ("To the Editors" Contempo I. 12. Nov. 15, 1931 p. 2). He was also a correspondant with Clarke Ashton Smith, his style and subject matter is very much akin to the works of Smith and Lovecraft who came later.

Cat.No: 133232

Price: $40.00

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