New York: Paragon House Publishers, 1988. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's tan cloth, spine gilt, tan endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Cocteau's intimate diaries, begun in 1951 as a parallel project to his more topical and widely-circulated journals. "Poetry is a religion without hope. The poet exhausts himself in its service, knowing that, in the long run, a masterpiece is nothing but the performance of a trained dog on very shaky ground." Originally published in Paris in 1953, with an English-language edition appearing in 1956. Newly translated from French, with an introduction, by Jesse Browner. Slight bang to top edge of upper board, light toning to edges of endpapers; light soiling to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #436