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WITTER BYNNER - POEM SIGNED - HFSID 4566

Ink signature on his four-stanza, typed poem, "A Farmer Remembers Lincoln" Poem signed: "Witter Bynner", 1p, 7¼x10½. On imprinted letterhead from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Headed: "A Farmer Remembers Lincoln:".

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WITTER BYNNER
Ink signature on his four-stanza, typed poem, "A Farmer Remembers Lincoln"
Poem signed: "Witter Bynner", 1p, 7¼x10½. On imprinted letterhead from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Headed: "A Farmer Remembers Lincoln:". All four stanzas of his poem, a reminiscence of a former soldier "in the old Second Maine, The first regiment in Washington from the Pine Tree State." The poem discusses the scene at Ford's Theatre, where the soldier was dispatched after the President had been shot, and he also speaks of Lincoln visiting a hospital where the soldier had served, calling him a "farmer" because of Lincoln's cheerfulness and kindness to everyone he met. The poem appears in a number of poetry anthologies. American poet, author and scholar Witter Bynner (1881-1968) lived for many years in Santa Fe at what is now the Inn of the Turquoise Bear. A native of Brooklyn, Bynner graduated from Harvard in 1902, and he featured the school in his first book, An Ode to Harvard and Other Poems (1907). With another Harvard friend, Arthur Davison Ficke, Bynner attempted an elaborate literary hoax in 1916, establishing a fictitious "Spectrist" school of poetry based in Pittsburgh. That year, the "group" did publish a small volume of verse, Spectra, under the pen names of Emanuel Morgan (Bynner), Anne Knish (Ficke) and Angela Cypher (Marjorie Allen Sieffert, who completed the "movement"). In the aftermath of the "Spectra" affair, Bynner and Ficke traveled to Japan, and Bynner would also visit China, where he studied Chinese literature. Bynner would subsequently translate and publish a number of Chinese works, including The Jade Mountain (1929, with Kiang Kang-hu). Bynner, a friend of D.H. Lawrence, wrote about him in Journey With Genius (1951), and Bynner and his partner, Willard Johnson, are portrayed in Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent. Bynner's other works include Tiger (1913), The Little King (1914), Grenstone Poems (1917), A Canticle of Pan (1920), Indian Earth (1929), Take Away the Darkness (1947) and his last book, New Poems (1960). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paper clip impression at upper blank margin, minor stains at lower left blank margin. Fine condition.

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