The Ecliptic.

  • Macleod, Joseph Gordon
  • London: Faber & Faber 1930


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. 77, [3, blank]. Glued as issued in original plain paper wrappers which are themselves glued into a green wrapper printed in red and black. Wrappers spotted and toned, a bit chipped at edges, the flaps detached and creased and now loosely inserted.


Out of print from its publication until 2015 when Flood Editions of Chicago reissued it; a nearly lost modernist classic. '[Macleod's] own first long poem, The Ecliptic, was accepted for publication by T. S. Eliot at Faber and Faber in 1930, at Ezra Pound's insistence... Basil Bunting regarded the poem as 'the best thing since The Waste Land' (Poetry: a Magazine of Verse, 40, 1932, 267–8).... The poem was criticized for its opaque modernist style' (ODNB). The fragile wrappers rarely survive in good condition.

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