Item #013177 THE MINT: A MISCELLANY OF LITERATURE, ART AND CRITICISM. Greg Grigson, Anthony West, contributors, Rebecca West.
THE MINT: A MISCELLANY OF LITERATURE, ART AND CRITICISM

THE MINT: A MISCELLANY OF LITERATURE, ART AND CRITICISM

London: Routledge and Sons, 1946. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Uncommon anthology, edited by Grigson, as an "international miscellany of humanism" with stories, poems and articles by the likes of WH Auden, Martin Buber and, most relevant in the case of this copy, a 7-page essay by Anthony West entitled "The Precious Myth", in which he ruminates on the nature of myths, beginning with a childhood memory. West is the only son of author Rebecca West, born out of her affair with H. G. Wells. Anthony West famously published "Heritage" in 1955, a fictionalized autobiography, which presents a particularly unflattering picture of his mother Rebecca, who successfully sued to halt publication in the UK. This title carries a telling inscription, most likely executed years before Anthony's revelatory novel (this title being printed in 1946) from Rebecca to a friend named Francis about her son: "Dear Francis, I can't find St. Augustine - it is out of print - but here is an essay by my child which I think not too bad. R. W." The inscription's reference to St. Augustine vis a vis Anthony might be snark; in any event, Rebecca calling her adult son - by 1946 already an accomplished writer himself - a "child" seems condescending; and then, there's Rebecca's characterizing Anthony's writing as "not too bad". Mother and son remained estranged until Rebecca's end; on her deathbed when asked whether he should be sent for, she answered: "perhaps not, if he hates me so much." 8vo, brown linen (a little worn at spine tips), xii, 220 in its original worn dustjacket with some loss at spine ends and around edges, but supplied with a near fine replacement jacketing the worn original. Very Good / Near Fine. Item #013177

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