Item #7972 Imaginary Letters. Mary Butts, Robin Blaser, Jean Cocteau, afterword, illustrations.
Imaginary Letters
Imaginary Letters

Imaginary Letters

Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks, 1979. Reprint Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stiff illustrated paper wraps.

Reprint of English writer and Modernist pioneer Mary Butts’s 1928 novella. Hailed as "the English Chekhov" in the 1920s, Butts was admired by the likes of Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, and Marianne Moore, and was a dedicated disciple of Aleister Crowley. While she published short stories and novels and frequently contributed to literary magazines such as The Little Review and The Bookman, her work was often eclipsed by her scandalous exploits, struggles with alcoholism, and mental health issues. After her death in 1937, Butts and her oeuvre fell into relative obscurity although in recent decades there has been a revival of interest in her work, resulting in reprints of her novels and critical studies by scholars. Originally published in limited edition by Edward W. Titus in 1928, this epistolary prose sequence comprises eight letters addressed to the mother of Boris Polterasky, a Russian exile living a bohemian lifestyle in Paris. Includes an afterword by queer Canadian author and poet Robin Blaser. Illustrated in black-and-white with reproductions of original illustrations by Jean Cocteau, a confidant of Butts. Light toning to wraps, else fine. Item #7972

$50.00