"The morning air is all awash with angels": First Edition of Things of This World; Signed by Richard Wilbur
Things of This World.
Item Number: 25023
New York: Harcourt & Brace, 1956.
First edition of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award-winning collection. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has transcribed the line, “The morning air is all awash with angels. Richard Wilbur.” Fine in excellent price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Richard Wilbur “is a poet for all of us, whose elegant words brim with wit and paradox,” announced Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin when the poet succeeded Robert Penn Warren to become the second poet laureate of the United States. Wilbur won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his collection Things of This World: Poems in 1957 and a second Pulitzer for New and Collected Poems. He has won the Wallace Stevens Award, the Frost Medal, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, two Bollingen Prizes, the T.S. Eliot Award, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award, the Prix de Rome Fellowship and many more honors, fellowships and awards for his poetry. His translations of French verse, especially Voltaire’s Candide and the plays of Moliere and Jean Racine, are also highly regarded by critics; his translation of Moliere’s Tartuffe won the 1971 Bollingen Prize.