POEMS. Stephen Phillips, 1864 - 1915.


London and New York: John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1901. Eleventh Edition. [6], 108, [8 (adverts)] pp. Untrimmed. 7-5/8" x 4-3/4". Green cloth binding with gilt stamping. Modest wear. Spine sunned. Bookseller pencil notes to front eps. A VG copy. Item #49558

Phillips "was an English poet and dramatist, who enjoyed considerable popularity early in his career. ... In 1890 a slender volume of verse was published at Oxford with the title Primavera, which contained contributions by him and by his cousin Laurence Binyon and others. In 1894 he published Eremus, a long poem of loose structure in blank verse of a philosophical complexion. In 1896 appeared Christ in Hades, forming with a few other short pieces one of the slim paper-covered volumes of Elkin Mathews's Shilling Garland. This poem caught the eye of the critics, and when it was followed by a collection of Poems in 1897 the writer's position as a new poet of exceptional gifts was generally recognized. This volume contained a new edition of Christ in Hades, together with Marpessa, The Woman with the Dead Soul, The Wife and shorter pieces, including To Milton, Blind. The volume won the prize of £100 offered by the Academy newspaper for the best new book of its year, ran through half a dozen editions in two years, and established Phillips's rank as poet, which was sustained by the publication, in the Nineteenth Century in 1898 of his poem Endymion." [Wiki].

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