New York: New Directions, 1946. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good / Very Good. Item #13202
Beautiful 1st Edition (McBride, NAP) of this important mid 20th-century poet.
Signed and inscribed on the front endpaper by Creekmore in Oxford, Mississippi in January, 1947. -
"For Russell A------ - with all good wishes for music and song, love and life, fun and money in 1947 - Hubert Creekmore, Oxford, Mississippi January, 1947".
"Due to the fact that he was a closeted homosexual, Creekmore experienced conflict regarding living in Mississippi. He felt that Mississippi was not a proper environment for a poet such as himself and that the cultural depravity of rural, small-town Mississippi would not allow him to reach his full potential as a literary artist.
"Although Creekmore thought Mississippi a bit droll, he did have a circle of educated friends with whom he could associate. The closest and most important among these was the famous Mississippian author Eudora Welty, who was related to him by a marriage in the family. He often discussed literature with Eudora, especially concerning the role of women in the rural South. Creekmore was under the impression that women hindered themselves in society by molding themselves to a standard which women of the time believed men desired. Eudora, on the other hand, felt that male dominance in society played a bigger part.
"Creekmore, Eudora, and a few of their close friends formed a small club whose entire purpose was to sit up at night, watching the cereus flower bloom, meanwhile discussing the literary arts. It was called The Night-Blooming Cereus Club. Local people who planted the flower would often invite the club to their houses, sometimes going as far as printing the invites in their local newspapers.
"Creekmore eventually made the decision to move to New York in an effort to further his career." - Wiki
Green cloth with gilt titling to spine. Square, tight binding with a clean bright interior.
Dust jacket with mild edge wear and two small light stains to the lower front spine edge. Presents handsomely in archival mylar.