New York: United Artists Books, 1982. First Edition Thus. Paperback.
5-3/8 x 7-7/8”, pictorial wrappers with illustration of the poet’s desk by Louise Hamlin, 80pp, frontis. portrait of the poet by Joe Brainard.
Clean, tight, square, a very good + copy.Item #900950
First Edition Thus. Preceded by a “C” Press edition in 1974, and a Grove Press edition in 1967. This edition includes six sonnets cut from the first two edition and is, in Berrigan’s opinion “this United Artists Press edition represents the first publication of the real The Sonnets.” With a note laid in by publisher Lewis Warsh on United Artists Books stationery to presentation recipients.
Alice Notley writes in her introduction to Berrigan’s selected work: "Ted always used to say that The Sonnets has a plot very like Shakespeare's Sonnets involving friendships and triangular love relationships; but where Shakespeare's plot is patterned chronologically Ted's is patterned simultaneously."