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New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1943). First U.S. edition, preceding the UK hardback. First printing with the "first American edition" statement; one of only 788 copies released. Collects BURNT NORTON, EAST COKER, THE DRY SALVAGES, and LITTLE GIDDING first published separately as pamphlets in London in 1941 and '42. Cyril Connolly lists FOUR QUARTETS in his "Modern Movement: 100 Key Books 1880-1950," calling it "the most important poem since Yeat's 'The Tower,' and, as many think, of the century." The book is bright and near fine in black cloth with bright gilt lettering on spine. In the first-state, E. McKnight Kauffer-designed dust jacket with $2.00 price in upper corner front flap, back flap blank, and nine bold-print titles on rear panel ending with "Old Possum's." Small chip to top edge rear panel which is a bit tanned, short and inconspicuous closed tear to top edge front panel, spine ends and corners showing the barest nicks, otherwise the dust jacket is very good to near fine. FIRST HARDBACK EDITION.
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