Date Published: 1968 to 2017
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Robert Pinsky is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, translator, and academic. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his poetry. His published work also includes critically acclaimed translations, Dante Alighieri's Inferno and The Separate Notebooks by Czes aw Mi osz.
The collection is comprised of 19 items dating from 1968 to 2017, specifically, 1 typescript, 6 books, 1 letter, 8 photos, 1 small broadside and 2 e-mail exchanges.
• Sadness and Happiness, mimeo typescript (ts), 64 pp., numbered by Pinsky, one word altered by him on p. 5, with a cover page inscription by Pinsky dated 12/26/73: “To Digby [Diehl]—classmate, employer, friend, —Best R.P.” A few pages (such as p. 3) are ts. The contents overlap but are different from the book of poems published by Princeton University Press in 1975. 6 books (one with Pinsky manuscript letter inserted) :
• Landor’s Poetry. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1968. Light green cloth in jacket, fine, signed.
• Sadness and Happiness. Princeton New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1975. Red cloth in jacket, almost fine, signed copy, with a letter from Pinsky to Bert, 14 March 1975, thanking him for the Tolson book, “amazing, sweet surprises in the midst of an agonizingly busy week….”;
• Sadness and Happiness. paperback of the book (1975; reprint) published in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, signed by author on the title page.
• An Explanation of America. Princeton New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1979. Signed, red cloth in jacket, fine, with card “With the Compliments | of Princeton University Press”.
• Shirt. Winnetka, Illinois: The Vixen Press, 2002. Foreword by Louise Gluck (the 2020 Nobel Prize winner for Literature); illustrated by Caryl Seidenberg. Limited to 135 numbered copies of which this is copy number 60. Unpaginated, light blue cloth with a printed silk label on the upper board and one on the spine, printed on hand-made paper, and illustrated with drawings translated to polymer plates, drawn, developed and printed by Seidenberg. Some minor soiling but this may be part of the cloth design, else in very good + condition. Signed by Pinsky on the half title page, signed by Gluck at the end of the foreword, and signed by Seidenberg on the colophon. Shirt, an evocative poem about the plight of workers in the garment industry, first appeared in the pages of The New Yorker in 1989. This publication is a veritable exemplar of a fine press.
• Uncorrected proof copy of Gulf Music. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Signed.
• Small broadside, signed, “Robert Pinsky Story”, beginning “Where was the kiln, what was the clay?....”, Tungsten Press, October 2012.
• Colour card on Pinsky issued by the Grolier Inc., 1998; the caption on the verso reads: Robert Pinsky, who became poet laureate of the U.S. in 1997.
• 7 color photos, 1 b&w photo, 5 signed (signature blurred and smudged on 3 photos), one of the photos with Hillary and Bill Clinton.
• E-mail exchanges with Pinsky, 2017-8, re his anti-inaugural poem, “Exile and Lightning” and signing books after his reading at the Festival of the Arts, Boca Raton, Florida.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB