London: Longmans, 1967. 8vo (215 x 140 mm; 81/2 x 51/2 in.). 77 pages. Original cloth; printed dust jacket. A fine copy in a near-fine jacket that has slightest of toning. There is a pale shadow, probably from a bookmark, over the inscription. Item #403475
FIRST EDITION, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Oct 13th 1990 / Cheltenham / For Brian Collie with gratitude for getting this book off the market / Joseph Brodsky.” This is Brodsky’s first major collection in English, published when he was twenty-six (it is preceded only by a pamphlet). His mentor Anna Akhmatova praised the lyricism of this very private poet, whose early work circulated in manuscript and by word of mouth. During his trial in 1964 in Leningrad, Brodsky was accused of corrupting the youth of the city with pornographic, anti-Soviet poetry; the prosecutors oddly aimed to prove he was not a poet at all. The equally hostile judge sentenced Brodsky to work on a prison camp in the far north of Russia. After this cause célèbre, the Soviets pardoned him, in part due to the advocacy of Akhmatova, Jean-Paul Sartre and other intellectuals, but Brodsky was finally expelled from the country in 1972 and immigrated to the United States.
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