RETURN AGAIN, TRAVELER. With a Foreword by Stephen Vincent Benet

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1940. First edition. Hardcover. 4to. Author's first book. A volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets edited by Stephen Vincent Benet. An association/presentation copy inscribed by Rosten to Stephen Vincent Benet, dated "Sept 25, 1940". "To Stephen Benet: I shall try my best to fulfill the prophecy / of your introduction. But even if I should fall / short, this book, and my meeting you, will / remain my most reassuring award." Signed, "Norman". A sequence of poems that form a summation of big, crude, young America, from conquest to Revolution, from Lincoln and Whitman to Sacco and Vanzetti -- and today. The second half of the poem is the America we already know, and, whether praising or condemning, there is an enthusiastic appreciation of the qualities she represents. 88pp. A very good copy bound in light brown cloth with light darkening to the spine / a very good jacket, not price-clipped, with a few light marks to the front cover. Item #13525

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