Sonnets to a Wife

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Sonnets to a Wife

by Ernest McCaffey
Binding by Louis Herman Kinder
 Published by William Marion Reedy

1901

Ok, I know it's not a Roycroft book but the tie in is strong. Kinder bound the book and it was while he was at the Roycroft and it was published by William Marion Reedy who has his own strong ties to Elbert Hubbard and the Roycroft. William Marion Reedy had two of his books printed and bound at the Roycroft. The 1st was The Law of Love in 1905 and the 2nd was The Feather Duster, Or is He Sincere? Being Three Criticisms and One More on East Aurora, its Ideals, Attainments and Limitations, in 1912.

William Marion Reedy was a flamboyant and controversial figure and one of the most successful literary entrepreneurs of his day. Editor of the Mirror, a St. Louis weekly, from 1891 to 1920, Reedy played a large role in breaking down the genteel literary tradition, developing a native poetry, and helping to form some fifty significant poets. Emily Dickinson, Stephen Crane, Ezra Pound, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Amy Lowell, Sara Teasdale, Carl Sandburg, and Vachel Lindsay are just a few of the writers whose works Reedy featured in his magazine.


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