SUNFLOWERS, A Book of Kansas Poems
Wattles, Willard, [compiler]. SUNFLOWERS. A BOOK OF KANSAS POEMS. Chicago: McClurg & Co., 1916. xvi, 207 pages. Original dark green cloth stamped in black and yellow, including sunflower design on front cover; endpapers printed with a sunflower pattern. 18.5 x 12 cm. Very good plus in good plus dust jacket. Binding is clean and bright. Slight wear to lower corner of front cover, a little dust soiling to top edge. Leaves slightly toned, as usual, but clean. The jacket is sun-darkened on the spine panel, worn on the extremities, and shows a few tiny chips and tears. The corners of all the flaps are clipped (or perhaps trimmed as issued?) There is no printing on the flaps; the rear panel bears verses by Albert Bigelow Paine.
SECOND EDITION, with a new dedicatory poem and preface by the compiler, following the first of 1914. The volume includes poems by Esther M. Clark, Eugene F. Ware, Ellen Allerton, Harry Kemp, and C.L. Edson. Vachel Lindsay contributes "Kansas," a poem inspired by his tramp through the state. The compiler adds several poems of his own.
William Austin Wattles (1888-1950), a native of Baynesville, Kansas, and a graduate of the University of Kansas, taught literature at various institutions including his alma matta and Rollins College (1927-1950). "Sunflowers" was his first publication in book form. He later published several collections of his poems, beginning with "Lanterns in Gethsemane" in 1918.
Scarce in the dust jacket.
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