VERSE - Adelaide Crapsey, 1st 1915 - INVENTOR CINQUAIN FORM OF POETRY POEMS
Book Details + Condition: The Manas Press (Rochester, NY). First Edition, 1915. Hardcover. 95 pages. Measures 6.5" x 5". Adelaide Crapsey is best remembered as the inventor of the cinquain form and as a poet whose compressed lyrics "are a remarkable testament of a spirit 'flashing unquenched defiance to the stars,'" as quoted in Boston Transcript. Though her mature work was published posthumously due to her untimely death at the age of 36, Crapsey nevertheless spent her brief life ardently pursuing her art. Crapsey edited a single collection of her own verse during her lifetime. VERSE, as the volume was called, was published in 1915, shortly after her death. An overall firm and clean copy with tight binding; lightly rubbed corners and edges; light wear to boards, with some smudging; interior is clean and free of markings, save smudging to a few pages, and inscription and owners names on front free endpapers.