[Item #6117] Belonging: A Memoir. Willa Muir, Edwin Muir.
Belonging: A Memoir
Belonging: A Memoir
Belonging: A Memoir
Belonging: A Memoir

Belonging: A Memoir

London, England, UK: The Hogarth Press Ltd., 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. "This is the story of Willa Muir's life with her husband, the late Edwin Muir. Mrs. Muir describes their earliest meetings, their life in London, their sojourns in France, Germany, Austria, Italy before the war. We read of Edwin's struggle to win a reputation as a writer, and his nature- a blend of simplicity and subtlety- which was the source of his fine poetry. One of the most absorbing sections of the book tells us about their life in Czechoslovakia, where Edwin worked for the British Council during the uneasy period between the Czechs' liberation from the Nazis and the take-over by the Communists. The book has a great variety of place and person. But above all it is a story of two people, who made, and preserved through many vicissitudes, a felicitous marriage." (front flap) The acclaimed memoir by Willa Muir (b. Willa Anderson, 1890-1970), the noted Scottish author & translator, focusing on her rewarding & adventurous life with her husband Edwin Muir (1887-1959), the great Scottish poet & translator (the latter notably including the works of Franz Kafka in collaboration with Willa). Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first UK (& altogether first) edition, first printing, though neither explicated as such at copyright page. A handsome & exemplary later production of the fabled Hogarth Press imprint. From the collection of George Bornstein (1941-2021), scholar, author & academician here at the University of Michigan- a true & venerable Man of Letters who was a dearly missed friend & mentor to this writer. A deep & important Muirs-related collectible in its rarest contemporary form, with distinguished provenance. Book in relatively quite fine condition with only very slight rubbing, fading & occasional faint scratching to front, back covers & spine (gilt letters & graphic at spine appear completely bright & intact); a bit of wear, mild fading & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; light rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only slight browning to blank white paste-downs, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges). Dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing, browning, fading, faint scratching & light spotting, spot-staining to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; a few tiny chips, areas esp. from spine-edges, corners with minor loss of paper, surface paper. Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6117]

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