E. E. Cummings. W (Viva)
Horace Liverright Inc. Publishers, New York. 1931. Printed in the United States by the Van Rees Press, New York. Publisher's binder.
2 blank endpapers, 70 pages with one poem per page, 2 blank rear endpapers, canvas back.
Rare first edition in good condition.
Burnished cover plates, blunt corners, rubbing, inside in very good condition.
An online exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center Library in Austin, Texas, catalogues the signatures on a door that used to be in the Greenwich Village Bookshop, circa 1920-1924. The signature page of S. A. Jacobs, Cummings’ personal typesetter, reproduces a July 16, 1931 letter from Jacobs to Cummings about printing the title page of ViVa. Jacobs’ letter complains bitterly of the difficulty in getting this title page to look right: “the photo engraver has failed me utterly: for three times in succession he made the reversed plate of VV wrong–not as ordered by you or me or [with] any sign of intelligence in himself. . . . I am rejecting the work as not satisfactory.”
The curious title of this collection of poems, W, represents two overlapping V’s, which refer to “a graffito commonly found on southern European walls, meaning ‘long live,’ as in ‘Viva Napoli’ or ‘Viva Presidente Wilson’ “ (Kennedy, Revisited 76). In critical and in ordinary discourse, the title is pronounced “Viva” and is written as “ViVa”–with two capital V’s. When both titles are used, the pronounceable title is written in brackets: [ViVa]. In her article “The Modernist Sonnet and the Pre-Postmodern Consciousness,” Gillian Huang-Tiller notes that the VV slogan “probably stems from ‘Viva V.E.R.D.I.‘ or Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia, [Long live Victor Emanuel, King of Italy], slogan for patriotic Italians of the nineteenth century”.
- Anzahl der Bücher
- Autor/ Illustrator
- E. E. Cummings
- VV (Viva)
- Erscheinungsjahr (ältestes Objekt)
- Gebundene Ausgabe
- Anzahl der Seiten
- 12.5×7.25 in