Paris a Poem. [With an afterword by Mike Tortorello]

Hope
Mirrlees

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Hope Mirrlees’ Paris

Mirrlees
Hope
Paris a Poem. [With an afterword by Mike Tortorello]
Illustrated. Pp. [iv], 23, [24, blank]; [8] ff
Small folio
[Olympia, Washington]
Printed by Mike Tortorello at Pegana Press
2010 but 2011
One of 50 numbered copies, hand bound by Ars Obscura (Joel Radcliffe)
Blue cloth over boards, upper cover with vignette. As New
Woolmer 5 (for first ed.); for Mirrlees, cf. Swanwick, Hope-in-the-Mist (2009)
310734
$575

“A 600-line modernist poem, it describes the city recovering from the First World War, haunted by its dead, yet springing back to life as it hosts President Wilson and the peace conference delegates. Paris is written partly in English, partly in French, citing or reciting Métro station names, posters, shop signs, and memorial plaques. Highly allusive and typographically original, it has claims to be the missing link between French avant-garde poetry and Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land'” (ONDB).
Finely printed letterpress edition, in effect the second separate edition, with the text following the composition of the 1919 Hogarth Press edition produced by Virginia and Leonard Woolf