Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures, The
UPDIKE, John (1932-2009)
Price: 465.00 USD
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958. First Edition (so stated) of the author's first book, a collection of light verse. 8vo: viii,,82pp. Publisher's quarter-bound black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; off-white paper-covered boards stamped in gilt; first-state, price-clipped dust jacket with erroneous information "two small children" (later correct to "four) on rear flap. About Fine (binding ever so slightly shaken, faint offsetting to end papers); about Fine jacket (touch of soiling to back panel; spine ends and corners very lightly rubbed). Roberts A1a. ¶ In the mid-Fifties, after work as a "Talk of the Town" reporter at the New Yorker, Updike took the bus back to his apartment at West Eighty-Fifth Street and Riverside Drive and composed the remarkable poems-intellectual, witty pieces on the absurdities of modern life-that filled this, his first book. The collection's seventh poem, "Why the Telephone Wires Dip and the Poles Are Cracked and Crooked," is carved in full on the reverse of the writer's gravestone. "The old men say / young men in gray / hung this thread across our plains / acres and acres ago. / But we, the enlightened, know / in point of fact it's what remains / of the flight of a marvellous crow / no one saw: / Each pole, a caw." N.B. With few exceptions (always noted), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. First Edition, as stated. Fine-.