New York: New Directions, Harcourt, Macmillan, and Knopf, 1940, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1965.
A family archive of five Randall Jarrell books. All are first editions, cloth, with jackets. Four are inscribed by Jarrell to his Uncle Howell and Aunt Elise. One is inscribed by Jarrell's wife Mary (four days after Randall's death) to Randall's brother Charles, and then reinscribed by Charles to Aunt Elise. Randall Jarrell's parents divorced when he was a young boy. Randall's mother was poor, and it was her brother ("Uncle Howell") who became the alpha male in Randall's life. Uncle Howell (Campbell) owned a very profitable candy company, and urged Randall to attend business school and join the candy business. Randall tried business school, but did poorly; subsequently Uncle Howell agreed to send him to Vanderbilt, paying all of his tuition. The five titles include: FIVE YOUNG AMERICAN POETS (Jarrell's first book appearance); LOSSES; THE SEVEN-LEAGUE CRUTCHES; POETRY AND THE AGE; and THE LOST WORLD. A terrific archive of family association copies. All of the books show only minimal wear, and are otherwise in fine condition. Item #6389