San Francisco: North Point Press, 1986. First Edition. SIGNED by J.D. McClatchy, the editor, on the title page. A collection of poet James Merrill's prose pieces -- interviews, essays, stories, and reviews -- over a period of 40 years. 8vo., xvi, 202 pages. Near Fine, with an ink mark on page x, in a Near Fine dust jacket that has light age toning to the flap edges. Item #842
Some of the material in this book appears for the first time. Most of it, though, has long been out of print or unavailable. There's something for everyone: essays about other poets, notably Dante, Wallace Stevens, and Elizabeth Bishop, travel notes from the Far East, an essay on the paintings of Corot; a talk to the first female graduating class from Amherst, reminiscences about his friends; and three short stories.