An Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry

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Good - No dust jacket, tight binding. Light blue cloth covered boards with dark blue and gilt lettering and design on front cover and spine. Pages are clean and unmarked.
Hardcover, 962 pages
The Modern Library, 1945
Second Modern Library Edition

An excellent and comprehensive collection of Anglo-American poetry from Chaucer to Auden in England and from our own Revolutionary time through the Second World War. 

Edited, with Introductions by, William Rose Benét and Conrad Aiken.

About the Authour

William Rose Benét (February 2, 1886 – May 4, 1950) was an American poet, writer, and editor. He was the older brother of Stephen Vincent Benét.  In 1942, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book of autobiographical verse, The Dust Which Is God (1941). His brother  was awarded the same prize two years later in 1944. Benét is also the author of The Reader's Encylopedia, a standard American guide to world literature.

Poet, short story writer, critic and novelist, Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) has been called the most metaphysical, the most learned, and the most modern of poets. With writing that reflects an intense interest in psychological, philosophical, and scientific issues, Aiken remains a unique influence upon modern writers and critics today. In his lifetime, Aiken received many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1930 and the National Book Award for Poetry in 1954. He served as the Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 1950-1952.