Item #66307 The Iliad. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Homer.
The Iliad. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald
The Iliad. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald
The Iliad. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald
The Iliad. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

The Iliad. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

Cambridge, Mass. 1973. Ribbon copy typescript of the first six books of The Iliad as translated by Fitzgerald, consisting of a typed cover letter signed from Fitzgerald to Kim Merker, 21 typed leaves of "Revisions in Book I [-VI]," a typed title page, a typed dedication "For Sarah," and approximately 211 typed leaves of Fitzgerald's translation of Books I-VI. Throughout, there are perhaps three dozen small corrections in ink by Fitzgerald, as simple as adding an accent mark, the occasional insertion of a word, and in two or three instances, the crossing out or addition of a short phrase. The whole is bound in a black ELBE spring binder (so removeable), with the printed label Iliad in red on the spine. The cover letter reads in part: "I have now gone over Books I through VI of my Iliad for the last time, and here are the corrections and revisions ... The whole poem is now finished in draft ... I'd like you to have these pages at once so that the changes can be incorporated in your copy. What is the state of that enterprise, anyway ... That page sent in January was very promising..." In 1970 Merker published Fitzgerald's The Iliad. Book 8, lines 553-565, at the Windhover Press (see Berger, Printing and the Mind of Merker, A9). He also published Pages from The Iliad, Windhover Press, 1976 (Berger A12): "When Robert Fitzgerald came to read at Iowa, he and I had talked about my doing his Iliad ... I had bought thousands of sheets of Windhover paper ... I had ordered Spectrum type and had designed some pages for the Iliad using Centaur display caps for the beginning of the page I was doing. ... I had made some sample pages but had given up the idea of doing The Iliad; I realized it was an insane task..." In the published version of the book the dediation reads: "For Sarah [Morgan], and for [their children] Ughetta, Benedict, Maria, Michael, Barnaby, and Caterina." Item #66307

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