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Gluck, Louise. THE SEVEN AGES. Hopewell, NJ: The Ecco Press, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 68 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's ninth collection of poems. One of Louise Gluck's finest achievements. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Investigates the disappointments, unfinished quests, and unanswered questions that compose, arrange, and ruin a life. Gluck dares her readers to ask, as they might have in childhood, harrowing questions. Scenes, queries, and moments of self-analysis throughout the volume investigate the ways in which we change in the course of a lifetime, the ways our minds change from moment to moment; and the ways in which time changes everything. Wise, densely crafted meditations" (Publishers Weekly). Gluck has found a way out of the "confessional" mode of American poetry without renouncing what is valuable and true about it. Just as C. P. Cavafy found a way to unite the mythical and the personal, all of Gluck's work is autobiography melded to an acute knowledge of and passion for the great myths. "Why do I suffer? /Why am I ignorant? /I'm awake; I am in the world/I expect/no further assurance" (Louise Gluck). An absolute "must-have" title for Louise Gluck collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Louise Gluck. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985 for "The Triumph of Achilles". Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for "The Wild Iris". America's Poet Laureate in 2003 and 2004. One of the greatest living poets. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LOUISE GLUCK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0880016345. $150.00

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