BARNARD, Mary; Randall JARRELL, et. Al. Five Young American Poets. Mary Barnard. Randall Jarrell. John Berryman. W. R. Moses. George Marion O'Donnell. Norfolk, Conn.:New Directions, 1940.
8vo., original blue publisher's cloth, lettered to spine; in tan dust wrapper with title and contributors in blue; with black and white photographs of each of the poets; pp. [x], 5-221, [i]; upper edge a little dusty; cloth rubbed to extremities and darkened to spine, affecting the printed title; endpapers a little offset, with faded inscription to front paste-down; else a very clean copy, in unclipped toned jacket (as is common); a very nice copy.
First edition. First commercial appearance of these poets together and John Berryman's first book appearance. Each poet is featured alongside a black-and-white photograph, a facsimile page in the poet's handwriting, a brief biography, a note by each on their style, and 30 or so pages of verse.
Two later books followed, featuring Tennessee Williams, Paul Goodman and Karl Shapiro.