Fearing, Kenneth, Poems by Kenneth Fearing. Introduction by Richard Dahlberg. New York: Dynamo, 1935. First edition, signed and inscribed: “To Herbert Wise, Cordially, Kenneth Fearing.” Also signed by S. Funaroff, Edward Dahlberg, and Archibald Macleish. Copy No. 1 of 1,000 copies.
Herbert Wise was a stockbroker and a founder of Random House, Bennet Cerf’s uncle and a brother to Frederika Wise, Bennet’s mother. Sol Funarof (1911-1942), himself a poet and laid low by the Great Depression, published the work of other struggling poets, among them Kenneth Fearing . He was the editor of Dynamo, a Journal of Poetry. Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977) was a novelist , essayist and autobiographer.
Archibald Macleish (1892-1982) was a poet and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Librarian of Congress. 62 pages. The final poem in this rare collection of Fearing’s poetry, “Denouement” remains unopened, as does the “Introduction.” Herbert Wise is also remembered for his more famous sometime secretary, Hart Crane. Brown cloth with black lettering on the front cover and on the spine, no dust jacket, spine bumped at the tail, otherwise a good copy with important associations to important personalities in the history of American poetry.