LEVI, PETER CHAD TIGAR (1931-2000)
Lot 282
LEVI, PETER CHAD TIGAR (1931-2000) AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM BEGINNING 'JOWETT'S WHITE CUCKOO OWL CRIED IN A DOME', signed with initials, 1990
£400 - 500
US$ 650 - 810

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LEVI, PETER CHAD TIGAR (1931-2000)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM BEGINNING 'JOWETT'S WHITE CUCKOO OWL CRIED IN A DOME', signed with initials ('PL'), 8 lines, the first line revised, with a covering autograph letter signed ('Peter'), to Alan [Hancox, bookseller in Cheltenham], stating that this is 'the second, not the first version...now I will copy it into a record book of fair copies, from this version. The first version was written as always in a notebook' and offering a notebook for £4,000 ('No other notebook is in private hands...All my mss go through Rota to an American university library...') and also with a second unrelated autograph letter signed ('Peter Levi'), sending (still present) two visual 'poems' ('piece of idleness'), the letters 4 pages, oblong octavo and folio, the poem 1 page, folio, and dated 26 July 1990

Jowett's white cuckoo cried in a dome
which is lost now, Miss Beaton was old then,
at Lossiemouth a hundred years ago...

POSSIBLY UNPUBLISHED: not in Collected Poems. Levi's papers are largely in Boston College Library.

PROVENANCE: Alan Hancox, Cheltenham.
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