Mushrooms - an influential forerunner in American Modernist Literature


Alfred Kreymborg
New York, 1916


First edition. Illustrated tan boards, stamped in black, scattered wear to boards, unevenly toned, pages lightly toned but very clean. Overall a Very Good, sound copy. Captivating cover art by William Zorach, winner of the Logan Medal of Arts..


Inscribed by Kreymborg on front free endpaper - ‘To Harry Norman Gottlieb Jr./From Alfred Kreymborg/”Then don't jot it down”/3/21/19.’(Gottlieb likely being the New York artist who did much work for the WPA in the 1930s)


Extremely rare inscribed.


Kreymborg’s first full-length book of poetry. Though largely panned by his contemporaries, this and his other avant-garde works were important foundations in American modernist literature.


‘In his prologue to Kora in Hell in 1920, William Carlos Williams positions Alfred Kreymborg as a central figure in the development of experimental American poetry, asserting, “The best thing that could happen for the good of poetry in the United States today would be for someone to give Alfred Kreymborg a hundred thousand dollars. In his mind there is the determination for freedom brought into relief by a crabbedness of temper that makes him peculiarly able to value what is being done here.”’(An American Troubadour, Norris)

Mushrooms - an influential forerunner in American Modernist Literature