Description:Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. Inscribed by Author First...Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. Inscribed by Author First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Joseph Brodsky / Oct 7th 1991 / New York". Bound in the publisher's black cloth, with the author's initials stamped in blind to the front board, spine lettering in gilt; in original pictorial dust jacket, with an illustration depicting the nine muses from a Roman sarcophagus, circa 150-160 A.D. A fine copy, with only the slightest hint of wear to the spine head; in an unclipped dust jacket, with some very light wear to the extremities, a hint of toning to the spine, very minor soiling to the rear panel. Overall, an attractive and near fine copy. To Urania is the author's third collection of poetry published in the United States. The text includes a combination of two volumes of verse previously published in Russian, translated here by the author along with Peter France, Jamey Gambrell, Paul Graves, and George L. Kline. Additionally, this volume contains poetry originally written in English. To Urania was published a year after Brodsky was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for Russian-language poetry (the fifth Russian to win the award). Ironically, Brodsky lived in involuntary exile from the Soviet Union in the United Sates when he received the award; as the dust jacket notes, Brodsky's Russian language poetry collections were "unavailable in his native country" despite being "widely regarded as its pre-eminent living poet."
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