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Maurice Maeterlinck

Sister Beatrice and Ardiane and Joyzelle (Poet Edward Thomas's copies)

Published: George Allen, London, 1901 and 1907

Edition: First

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Two books/plays written by Belgian playwright, Maurice Maeterlinck. These books belonged to the poet Edward Thomas who wrote a book on Maeterlinck, published in 1911. Sister Beatrice and Ardiane & Barbe Bleue has Edward Thomas's signature on the ffep in ink. There are also pencil notes by Thomas on the endpapers of both books. The books were donated by the poet's widow to Surbiton public library, where they were purchased in the 1970s. They have the usual library markings on spine, title page and at the rear. Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was a British essayist and poet, killed in action at the Battle of Arras. The books have cloth covers and there is some foxing throughout. Slight wear to head and foot of both spines.

'Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rain
On this bleak hut, and solitude, and me
Remembering again that I shall die
And neither hear the rain nor give it thanks
For washing me cleaner than I have been
Since I was born into this solitude.'
(Rain by E. Thomas, Longman Anthology of Poetry, Pearson 1960).

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good

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