FIELD, EUGENE (1850-1895, American poet)
Lot 154
FIELD, EUGENE (1850-1895, American poet) REVISED 'ORIGINAL DRAFT' OF HIS POEM 'THE CONVERSAZZHYONY', signed and dated, 1889
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FIELD, EUGENE (1850-1895, American poet)
REVISED 'ORIGINAL DRAFT' OF HIS POEM 'THE CONVERSAZZHYONY', signed and dated ('Eugene Field' 'May 28, 1889'), 108 lines in ten ten-line stanzas and one eight-line stanza, written in pencil, with autograph revisions and some gaps for the insertion of text to come, note by Field in pen and ink at end 'Two stanzas added when I revised these verses', 4 pages, folio (printed numbers 11-14 in upper corners), bound with a manuscript title-page, blanks, and a different copy of the printed text, bookplates, three-quarter brown morocco, folio, 28 May 1889

One day sez Reddy Lucas: 'Will you come along with me
Down to Sorry Tom's this evenin' where I heard ther's goin' to be
A conversazzhyony, wich is doins of some Kind...

The first stanza in this manuscript does not appear in the printed versions. Pencil numbers in the margins reorganise the order: stanza 3 becomes stanza 1; stanza 2 becomes stanza 3 and stanza 4 becomes stanza 2. The last three lines do not appear in the printed version provided here but do in the twelve stanza version in A Little Book of Western Verse, 1889. There are a number of verbal differences between the three versions. In a letter to Cowen in June 1889 Field described this as one of his 'mountain poems'.

PROVENANCE: Dr. Noel J. Curtis; Melvin A. Brock (bookplates); David Holmes.
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