American Voices [Inscribed Advance Copy]. Walter LOWENFELS, Rockwell Kent, jacket design.

American Voices [Inscribed Advance Copy]

New York: Roving Eye Press, 1959. First, Limited Edition. Small octavo. Rust cloth (hardcover); 63pp. Limited to 1,000 copies. A clean and unmarked copy in a moderately dusted, spotted dustjacket, about VG. Jacket illustration by Rockwell Kent. Inscribed on front endpaper: "This advance copy for Mike / who knows I have never lost confidence in her and I hope it is vice versa / Walter," datemarked Weymonk, 1958.

The inscribee is possibly Michal Lowenfels, the poet's oldest daughter, who was married to American bookseller Norman Kane (from whose estate the current volume was obtained). Lowenfels (1897-1976) was a key figure in the Paris avant-garde during the 1930s, where he was a close friend of Henry Miller and Anais Nin (and was in fact the model for the character Jabberwhorl Kronstadt in Miller's Tropic of Cancer ). Returning to the US, he became a central Communist Party organizer and an editor of the Philadelphia Daily Worker. He was arrested, tried and convicted under the Smith Act in 1953, but later exhonerated for lack of evidence.

Price: $75.00

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