77 Dream Songs.

New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, (1964).

Price: $5,000.00

About the item

First edition. xi, [i], 84 pp. 8vo. Inscribed. Publisher's black cloth. Spine ends faded, in chipped and foxed dust-jacket by Marshall Lee. Stefanik A11.1.a.

Item #310091

First edition, presentation copy, with a lengthy, pre-publication inscription on the front free endpaper, "To Anne, and to Chris — if, as Kate & I hope without knowing anything about it, you have got together again. We were bitterly sorry to hear — from William, not in the least as gossip — of your separation. Whatever is happening or does, let me wish you a restoration of the happiness I so admired in you on Mr. Frost's last summer. Affectionately, John. The Abbott Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn. 22 April '64." Berryman writes from the Abbot Hospital, where he often went to recover from the effects of his heavy drinking. Anne and Chris — and Robert Frost — are mentioned in Dream Song 38, which begins, "The Russian grin bellows his condolence / tó the family: ah but it's Kay, / & Ted, & Chris & Anne …" 77 Dream Songs was published on 27 April 1964 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in May 1965.