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Lot 187
GRIGSON, GEOFFREY (1905-1985) AUTOGRAPH AND TYPESCRIPT WORKING PAPERS FOR HIS POEM 'RED DAHLIAS'
Sold for £500 (US$ 829) inc. premium
Lot Details
GRIGSON, GEOFFREY (1905-1985)
AUTOGRAPH AND TYPESCRIPT WORKING PAPERS FOR HIS POEM 'RED DAHLIAS', with extensive autograph revisions preserving discarded text, the final poem 20 lines, 15 pages, quarto and octavo, not dated

To vanish, after a share,
if not enough, of the
yellow fruits of the world,
sharp, scented and sweet, without

Pain or too much pain to
those I love and leave...

Were I to look down
through these skulls, could I
discern the huge red way
next door their dahlias burn.

Included is the marked-up printer's typescript of Grigson's birthday poem for W.H. Auden in 1967 and autograph manuscripts of his poems 'Sixteen Dogs, Cats, Rats and Bats' and 'Serious Hour'. No poetical manuscripts by Grigson have been sold at auction. Publication of these poems has not been traced.
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