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In an Iridescent Time by Ruth Stone

In an Iridescent Time by Ruth Stone


New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1959. Association copy with lengthy inscription by Ruth Stone on front free endpaper. First edition, first printing. Stated. Hardcover. 55 pages ; 22 cm. In the original $3.75 dust jacket that is completely tattered with a large portion of dust jacket spine missing. Shelfwear and chipping to edges. Corners rounded. Musty odor within book. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.

From the Dust Jacket :

"Ruth Stone's poems are so alive that one would be ashamed to praise them in dreary critical terms. Firecrackers would be more suitable." —RICHARD WILBUR

Strength and delicacy, originality, music, imaginative force—these are the qualities in Ruth Stone's poems that have won for her, even before this first publication in book form, a reputation among critics and discriminating readers far more impressive than that of many published poets.

Mrs. Stone's verse covers a wide range of experience both simple and complex —from a Sunday by the sea or a landscape of snow to speculation on the unknown. It is rich in concrete images, directly and vividly evoked. But the image is only the beginning, for it sets in motion waves of meaning that ripple and run to the farthest reaches of the mind and heart, and go on reverberating long after the lines have been read. Each of her poems is the expression of a whole personality, the transmutation into art of a whole experience. Hence the deep and wide meaning that attaches to each one, however, limited its subject may seem to be.

The maturity, the beauty, and the subtlety of these fifty-five poems place Ruth Stone in the front rank of contemporary American poets.

Jacket design by Betty Anderson

Ruth Stone, who was born in Roanoke, Virginia, grew up in Indianapolis, Indi-ana. She attended the University of Illinois. For a time she was assistant to the literary and dramatic editor of the Indianapolis Star. After her mar¬riage to Walter Stone, poet and fiction writer, she lived first in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then in Poughkeepsie, New York—where her husband taught at Vassar College until his death in 1959. Mrs. Stone is now an editor for the Wesleyan University Press and lives in Middletown, Connecticut. She has three daughters.

Mrs. Stone won the Kenyon Review Fellowship in Poetry for 1955-56. She also received the Bess Hokin prize from Poetry, and her poems have been recorded at the Library of Congress. Many of the poems in In an Iridescent Time have been published in magazines, including Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, Accent, and Partisan Review.

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