"I was born to a vocation to bear witness to the great mysteries": First edition of Ararat; inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning poet Louise Glück


GLUCK, Louise.


Item Number: 138219

New York: The Ecco Press, 1990.

First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s collection of poetry, prompted by the death of her father. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author opposite the half-title page, “For ____ ____ with best wishes Louise Gluck.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Michaela Sullivan. Jacket illustration by Christa Näher.

In 1984, Glück joined the faculty of Williams College in Massachusetts as a senior lecturer in the English Department. The following year, her father died. The loss prompted her to begin a new collection of poems, Ararat (1990), the title of which references the mountain of the Genesis flood narrative. Writing in The New York Times in 2012, the critic Dwight Garner called it "the most brutal and sorrow-filled book of American poetry published in the last 25 years"

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