In Mediterranean Air - Ann StanfordThe Viking Press, 1977, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fading to the spine and slight loss at the spine ends and tips. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank with a book plate to the pastedown. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “In Mediterranean Air gives us Ann Stanford’s strongest and finest work to date. Like her earlier work, these poems are highly visual in their images and accessible in their language, yet there is a new, intriguing quality present in her remarkable power of suggestion and her use of delicate rhythms. Not only does she evoke distant but distinct memories of childhood, but she brings ancient legends alive in her dramatic retelling of the myth of Perseus and allows us to hear familiar strains of Purcell, Dryden, and Pindar in her own sure, contemporary voice. Like a novelist, Ann Stanford often chooses to speak through fictional characters — Medusa, Andromeda, a frustrated spy yearning to be among those on whom he is spying — and her story-telling powers are considerable, especially in the surprising cycle of spy poems and her vivid description of the land affected by the movement of seasons. Her themes are varied and full of mystery and intrigue, but she weaves them effectively together, entangling the reader in their textures and patterns.
Size: 9¼" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 88
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