Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1961. Oblong small quarto. Cloth. A couple of minute spots to fore-edge, and a small spot to free endsheet, otherwise near fine, in near very good, typically edgeworn black dust jacket with some internally mended nicks and tears (most noticeably a 2 cm creased tear at the top edge of the front panel). First edition of Cage's first collection of prose pieces, including the influential "Lecture on Nothing" that proved such an enigma to all but a few students in a section of freshman English when it was assigned for reading, with responses in writing, by the present cataloguer 40 years ago. This copy bears the early ownership signature of late Wesleyan (and Center for Advanced Studies) administrator Tania [or Tanya] Norton (Senff) at the head of the contents leaf, and bears Cage's long presentation inscription to her, utilizing Senff [in different ink] "… on the day of the first snow '61 in memory of last year & all of its snow and every thing else including the sandwiches and the telephones, & because I miss her, John Cage." Cage was in residence at Wesleyan as part of the Center for Advanced Studies for many years. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76702)
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