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    John Hawkes. Fiasco Hall. Cambridge: 1943. First edition of the author's first book, signed.

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    John Hawkes (as J. C. B. Hawkes, Jr.) Fiasco Hall. Cambridge: Privately Printed, 1943. First edition of the author's scarce first book, one of only approximately 100 printed (only about 50 copies are thought to be extant, as the author destroyed about half of the print run later in life). Signed by the author on the title-page. Octavo. 14 pages. Publisher's printed wrappers. Some toning to wrappers, one crease at spine near the bottom, else a fine copy. From the collection of Donald Kaufmann.

    "I wrote lots of poetry in high school-all of it terrible. When I left to go to Harvard, I had a friend whose mother knew the poet Robert Hillier, who was at Harvard at the time, and this woman told me to take my poems to him. So I did; Hillier read all of these poems, picked out about sixteen, and suggested I have them printed myself-this resulted in Fiasco Hall. A lot of these poems reflected romantic notions about the war; I certainly thought I was probably going to be killed in the war, and I had the same romantic sensibility of some of the World War I poets -Wilfred Owen or Rupert Brooke. So I had these dreadful poems printed. Long after the war, I tried to destroy them by throwing them down the incinerator near our apartment in New York, but my mother luckily saved about fifty of them." (A Conversation with John Hawkes by Patrick O'Donnell From "The Review of Contemporary Fiction," Fall 1983, Vol. 3.3).



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