FABER POETS GERSON (MARK) Faber poets [T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice]; W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and his wife Valerie
Lot 16
GERSON (MARK) Faber poets [T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice]; W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and his wife Valerie
Sold for £2,640 (US$ 4,376) inc. premium
Lot Details
GERSON (MARK)
Faber poets [T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice]; W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and his wife Valerie, 2 vintage bromide prints, each window-mounted, signed on the mount in pencil by the photographer, photographer's stamp on verso, images 190 x 238mm., [September, 1960] (2)

Footnotes

  • One of Gerson's most famous photographs, taken at a Faber and Faber party. Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother "'Last night Ted and I went to a cocktail party at Faber anf Faber given for W H Auden. I drank champagne with the appreciation of a housewife on an evening off from the smell of sour milk and diapers. During the course of the party, Charles Monteith, one of the Faber board, beckoned me out into the hall. There Ted stood, flanked by T.S. Eliot, W H Auden, Louis McNeice on the one hand and Stephen Spender on the other, having his photograph taken. "Three generations of Faber poets there," Charles observed. "Wonderful!" Of course, I was tremendously proud. Ted looked very at home among the great" (from Letters Home, quoted in the Literati catalogue). The image of Auden in conversation with Eliot was used on the lower cover of Literati. Photographs by Mark Gerson, National Portrait Gallery, 1996.
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