Title: The Double Axe and Other Poems.
Publisher: Random House, New York
Publication Date: 1948
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.
A Near Fine copy with a previous owner's inscription on the flyleaf in a Very Good dust jacket with light spotting to front cover and a closed tear to the heel of the spine. This collection of poems is one part Sophocles, one part Lone Ranger, a dash of William Faulkner, and plenty of bitters. It is a two part epic The Double Axe: -- the first, The Love and the Hate, is the familiar pseudo-Greek tragedy in a California setting, this time having to do with the return of a young G.I. who has been either buried alive, or has arisen from the dead (this reader was puzzled) and has come home to plague his mother who is hitting it up with a young lover. In the end everyone dies a violent death and the old ranch-house burns down. The second part, The Inhumanist, has to do with an old man who has become caretaker of the remains of the old homestead after its burning and whose best friend seems to be the double-edged axe to which he directs a lot of conversation. This part, though more obscure, has its quota of rape, death and violence. The upshot of the whole seems to be Jeffers against our participation in World Wars I and II; Jeffers against Hitler and Roosevelt; Jeffers against the human race in general. Bookseller Inventory # 21903
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