Place Published: London
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
This Louis MacNeice collection includes two important items; a signed carbon typescript of The Dark Tower and first edition of his Dark Tower book.
1) Louis MacNeice signed carbon typescript (ND, circa 1947) of The Dark Tower (8 x 13 inches light tissue carbon copy paper. 4 inch vertical tear on page 2 and about 4 pages with minor corners folding otherwise very good condition.
2) A first edition book, The Dark Tower and Other Radio Scripts, 45 pp. London: Faber & Faber, , 204 pp., gray cloth, a near fine copy in very good, price-clipped red dust jacket; jacket has a few small tears and nicks at extremities of both panels, two-inch tear on lower spine (mended on verso), otherwise quite fresh and bright. Book and typescript housed in a red cloth pictorial clamshell box.
The Dark Tower is a radio play by Louis MacNeice. It was first broadcast on the BBC Home Service on 21 January 1946. It is MacNeice's most well-known radio play. The Dark Tower is one of the most acclaimed creative works written and produced for BBC Radio.
Louis MacNeice (Irish/British poet, 1907-1963). He attended Oxford, where he majored in classics and philosophy. In 1930, he married Giovanna Ezra and accepted a post as classics lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a position he held until 1936, when he went on to teach Greek at Bedford College for Women, University of London. In 1941, he joined the British Broadcasting Company as a staff writer and producer. Like many modern English poets, MacNeice found an audience for his work through British radio. He was part of the generation of "thirties poets" which included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis; nicknamed "MacSpaunday" Although he chose to live the majority of his adult life in London, MacNeice frequently returned to the landscapes of his childhood, and he took great pride in his Irish heritage. His poetry is characterized by its familiar, sometimes humorous tone and its integration of contemporary ideas and images.
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #7449