New York: Targ, 1980. Limited First edition. Hardcover. vg. 1/350. Quarto (9 1/4 x 6 1/8"). Unpaginated. Original blind dust-jacket over quarter cloth and decorative paper covered boards. Gold lettering to spine. Limitation page signed in ink by John Updike.Originally titled "Whitman's Egotheism" and given as a talk at the Morgan Library in New York City on October 4, 1977, John Updike published it as "Ego and Art in Walt Whitman" in a signed, limited edition by Targ.In Updike's essay on Whitman, the author argues that Walt Whitman was American poetry's first prophet, who created in "Song of Myself," a god whose palms cover continents, but also a god who enters into the 'egos of the suffering.' Such 'egotheism' created, for Updike, the "metaphysics" of a distinctive American realism. In addition, Whitman's effort to act as a representative man takes him beyond simple egotism.One of 350 signed copies.Dust jacket, binding and interior in very good condition.
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