European Witness

New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1946).

Price: $350.00

Hardcover. First American edition. Address label of Ruth Witt-Diamant on the front free endpaper, a little rubbing, about fine without dustwrapper. Inscribed by Spender on the front free endpaper: "to Ruth with my thanks for her kindness from Stephen Spender, June 26." Witt-Diamant was the first director of the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, and was legendary for her hospitality to poets, especially visiting poets from Britain.

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European Witness. Stephen SPENDER.
European Witness

Stephen Spender
birth name: Stephen Spender
born: 2/28/1909
died: 7/16/1995

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English poet and critic, who made his reputation in the 1930s with poems expressing the politically conscience-stricken, leftist "new writing" of that period. He was later known less for his poetry than for his perceptive criticism and for his editorial association with the influential reviews Horizon (1940-41) and Encounter (1953-67). - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore