First Edition of W.S. Merwin's The Folding Cliffs. A Narrative; Signed by Him
The Folding Cliffs. A Narrative.
Item Number: 49867
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.
First edition of this thrilling story, in verse, of nineteenth-century Hawaii. Octavo, original boards. Signed by W.S. Merwin on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by David S. Boynton. Jacket design by Abby Weintraub.
"The Folding Cliffs is a masterpiece--a truly original masterpiece, on a very big scale. I could not put it down, and read it with a mixture of amazement and admiration that went on growing to the last page. Merwin's sinuous, infinitely flexible voice has created a new kind of narrative verse: the tragic history of Hawaii, suffered through one family, told almost as if by a native, with a point-blank simplicity and effortless saga-like realism" (Ted Hughes).