MAXWELL BODENHEIM - POEM SIGNED - HFSID 83118
Sale Price $187.00
Signed typed copy of author Maxwell Bodenheim's poem Sincerely Yours, Culture
Poem signed "Maxwell Bodenheim". 1 page, 7x10, thin paper. Titled: "Sincerely Yours, Culture". 14-line poem. Those outside of America's bohemian and avant-garde circles probably never heard of American poet and novelist Bodenheim (1892-1954), born Maxwell Bodenhemier, until the publication of his third novel Replenishing Jessica in 1925. Replenishing Jessica, with its pull-no-punches depiction of a young woman's sexual freedom, was demonized as pornography and was the subject of an unsuccessful obscenity trial. Not surprisingly, it was also a best seller. Bodenheim, a self-invented "character" and womanizer who was legendary amongst the bohemian set of Greenwich Village, published a total of 10 volumes of poetry and 13 novels between 1918 and 1946. His poetry and prose - including his first volume of poetry, the well-received Minna and Myself (1918) - reveled in and rebelled against the meanness of human existence. But his time in the sun was short-lived. His Jazz Age sensibilities weren't worth much in the harsh realities of the Great Depression, and by the 1940s Bodenheim was an alcoholic, frequently homeless and an unwelcome presence in a Greenwich Village that once doted on him. Bodenheim's death was an appropriate cap to his life. He was shot to death, and his third wife Ruth Fagin was stabbed to death, when he got into an argument over Ruth with a mentally unbalanced dishwasher named Harold Weinberg. His novels include the autobiographical Blackguard (1923) and New York Madness (1933), which traces the adventures of two New York women through the city's underside. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Light nick at left edge. Pinholes from typewriter. Otherwise in fine condition.
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