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The English Galaxy [George Mackay Brown's Copy]

 
The English Galaxy [George Mackay Brown's Copy] by BULLETT, Gerald - George Mackay Brown - Thomas Hardy (1939)
Author: BULLETT, Gerald - George Mackay Brown - Thomas Hardy
Title: The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems [George Mackay Brown’s annotated copy]
 
Year: 1939
Publisher: J M Dent
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £175
 
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George Mackay Brown's annotated copy with a poem by Hardy copied onto a flyleaf by the Orcadian poet.

Publisher’s green cloth, a very good copy with half of the jacket present. Ownership inscription in blue ink to the first flyleaf: ‘George M Brown Feby: 1941.’ Just the front panel of the jacket is present. On the recto of the final fly leaf Mackay Brown has copied Thomas Hardy’s Beeny Cliff in its entirety in pencil with a blue crayon title and Hardy’s name in red crayon.

Hardy was an important influence on the Orcadian poet: like Thomas Hardy (with whom he occasionally compared himself) Mackay Brown is a major British literary figure closely connected with a specific provincial setting. Mackay Brown’s acquisition of this book dates from around the time of his diagnosis with tuberculosis in his early 20s, a time of intense reading for the young poet which kept him away from active war service during repeated stays in Kirkwall’s Eastbank Sanatorium.
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