2 by Archibald MacLeish

Poems 1924-1933
Copyright 1933
Checked out 8 times in 36 years (acquisition unclear)
Last checked out 8 years ago

Posterity has not been particularly kind to Archibald MacLeish despite his poetry garnering him two Pulitzer prizes. He has been largely swept under the rug. It’s impossible to say whether a reassessment will bring him renewed attention. I’m in favor of keeping this volume of his poetry. Like Amy Lowell, he represents a period of poetic history (the earlier part of the 20th Century). And this particular volume houses includes his most quoted poem, his Ars Poetica. It has been checked out roughly twice a decade, which is respectable for a volume of poetry long past its release date. This also appears to be a first edition. Unfortunately its pages are yellowing pages and it’s beginning to smell its age, though there are no signs of mildew. I recommend keeping it as long as it holds up to the ravages of time.

Letters of Archibald MacLeish 1907-1982
Edited by R.H. Winnick
Copyright 1983
Checked out 2 times in 27 years
Last checked out 14 years ago

As the title suggests, this is not a book of poetry but rather a book of MacLeish’s correspondence with all manner of literary (mostly) and political figures of his time. I suspect it would see more circulation in a more appropriate area of the library. I suggest holding it for another 10 years to see how it fares. If it continues to be neglected, let it lose in the world to find an appreciative home.


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