JOHN ASHBERY | MANUSCRIPT JUVENILIA IN AN AUTOGRAPH ALBUM. [SODUS, NEW YORK], 1936–1937
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MANUSCRIPT JUVENILIA IN AN AUTOGRAPH ALBUM. [SODUS, NEW YORK], 1936–1937
Oblong autograph album (4 3/8 x 6 in.; 111 x 153 mm), spiral-bound. Green cardboard covers; rubbed, soiled.
Norma Jean Snyder Hannon
Portrait of the artist as a very young man. This autograph album belonged to Norma Jean Snyder, Ashbery's sixth-grade classmate at Sodus High School in Ashbery's upstate New York hometown.
Two entries in the autograph book are definitely in Ashbery's hand and a few others may also be the work of the nine- and ten-year-old budding poet.' In an undated entry signed "John Ashbery," he writes, "Dear Norma, I dreampt that I was a pear tree, / And you were my fresh green fruits, / And we grew by a house and looked / in on two bedroom suites, / And in that house was a / man and maid and the man / called her 'toots.' // MORAL: Nothing more / Or nothing less, / Just a pal from S. H. S. / John Ashbery." Another entry signed "John L. Ashbery" is dated 15 January 1937. Other entries signed "Muriel" and "Lucille" may possibly be in Ashbery's hand
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
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