A five book (one letter and one record) birthday salute to william carlos williams

Today is the birthday of the influential American poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963).

From the Poetry Foundation:

William Carlos Williams has always been known as an experimenter, an innovator, a revolutionary figure in American poetry. Yet in comparison to artists of his own time who sought a new environment for creativity as expatriates in Europe, Williams lived a remarkably conventional life. A doctor for more than forty years serving the New Jersey town of Rutherford, he relied on his patients, the America around him, and his own ebullient imagination to create a distinctively American verse.

The goods:

Paterson.  Published by New Directions, 1946-58. Williams’s magnum opus.

A Beginning of a Short Story. Published by The Alicat Bookshop Press, 1950. First edition.

Collected Poems. The Objectivist Press, 1934. Williams’s first “collected” edition.

The Farmers’ Daughters. New Directions, 1961 First edition, first printing. One of 1500 copies. Publisher’s file copy with file copy stamp to front endpaper.

Sour Grapes. Published in Boston by The Four Seas Company, 1921 First edition, first printing of Williams’ fifth book. One of 1000 copies. Signed and inscribed by Williams to close friend and fellow poet Mitchell Dawson.

William Carlos Williams Reading his Poems. Caedmon. 1954

Typed Letter Signed “W.C. Williams” 1p, 8.5” x 11”. Rutherford, N.J., October 19, 1938.To John Crowe Ransom, Editor The Kenyon Review, Gambier, Ohio. Fine condition.“Your letter, about the Lorca article, put me right back on my feet again…”

A Tectonic Pop-Up Book

The supercontinent Pangaea that connected South America and Africa broke apart 200 million years ago. What a better way to convey the moving and shaking of the earth within a physical object than within the confines of a movable book.

In ‘The Pangaea Pop-up’ Lesson at TED-Ed, animator Biljana Labovic explains how she and her team of animators created a pop-up book to visualize Pangaea — and how you can make your own.

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