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Archive of George Sterling signed poetry  

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Archive of typed and signed poetry by George Sterling

Sterling, George

San Francisco




Archive of 71 typed poems, several multiple pages, some with holograph corrections and notes in Sterlings hand. Most on 11x8½" sheets.

Important archive from the San Francisco poet, member of the bohemian circle surrounding Jack London, and known as "Greek" to his friends and admirers. George Sterling was in the habit of typing up his poems, signing them and giving them away to friends and fans, or selling them when under financial duress. Sterling tragically took his own life by ingesting cyanide in his room at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco in November, 1926. Poems included here: Strange Waters (12 pages, hand-written notes in margin); The Pony Express (2 pages, legal size paper); Long Island Pebbles (hand-written notes in margin); Puma (hand-written notes in text); Song; The Night-Watch; The Stranger; To A Girl Dancing (3 pages, hand-written corrections in text); His Own Country (2 Pages); Gulls at Night; Infusion (hand-written corrections in the text); The Evening Star; Song; The Young Witch (2 pages); Her Welcome; Fog-Horns; Venus Letalia; The Castaways; Disillusion; The Far Feet; The Fog-Sea; Chivalry; Her Welcome (hand-written corrections in the text); Late Tidings; The Balance; The Faithful (hand-written corrections in the text); Distance; A Face in the Crowd; Home Sonnets (3 poems with separate titles on one page [Life, Toil, and Love; Familiar Beauty;Compensation]); After Sunset; The Wild Swan; High Noon; The Coming of Helen; Rainbows End; Once; The Secret Garden; The Night Migration; To a Water-Fowl; A Face in the Crowd; Solitude; Egon’s Song from “Truth”; The Flight (2 pages, hand-written notes in the text); The Princess on the Headland; Blue Ranges; The Hidden Pool; The Grizzly Giant; The Flight (2 pages, hand-written corrections in the text); The Death of Circe; The Sailor Turns Street-sweeper; Mystery; Prologue Chorus to “Truth”; Penitence; The Quarrel (hand-written corrections in the text); Which Was, and Never Shall Be; The Grey Man (4 pages); LIFE; Young Love; Jazzette; Sone; Autumn (not signed); That Which Abides; Lost Companion (hand-written note on bottom of page: “Bohemian Club, San Francisco.”); The Dreamer; The Little Hills; Silence (hand-written notes on page including phrase “An old sonnet”); Youth and Time; A Knee is Bent; Familiar Beauty (hand-written corrections in the text); Treacle (not signed); (Untitled Poem) first line: “Hist! Boys! Here he comes!” (not signed); (Untitled Poem) first line: “Don’t Tell me that ugly persons often…” (not signed, hand-written notes and additional lines of poetry on page). George Sterling was born in Sag Harbor, NY where he is known as 'the Sag Harbor Poet' and later became called by some, 'The Poet Laureate of San Francisco'.

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Some wear, browning to paper, creases (some irregular); very good.

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