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Lot 108
JOHN ASHBERY | MANUSCRIPT JUVENILIA IN AN AUTOGRAPH ALBUM. [SODUS, NEW YORK], 1936–1937
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JOHN ASHBERY | MANUSCRIPT JUVENILIA IN AN AUTOGRAPH ALBUM. [SODUS, NEW YORK], 1936–1937

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

JOHN ASHBERY | MANUSCRIPT JUVENILIA IN AN AUTOGRAPH ALBUM. [SODUS, NEW YORK], 1936–1937

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Sold:3,250USD

Lot Details

Description

JOHN ASHBERY

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.


PROVENANCE

Norma Jean Snyder Hannon


CATALOGUE NOTE

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  


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Condition Report

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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