"PAÎNNERIE" [poem, later titled "Une Idylle Paîenne"]. TYPED MANUSCRIPT SIGNED (TMsS). Twenty-eight lines on full sheet of letter size paper, carbon copy (probably), with three handwritten edits and addition of accent marks, dated "1929" in different typewriter at top and signed in full by author (gray ink, forward slanting hand) at bottom. "One of about 45 poems composed in French by Smith during the late 1920s, most of which, like the present one, are unpublished. This poem ('Paganism'), in three stanzas of rhyming tetrameter, portrays the dream country of pagan mythology. Smith taught himself French in order to translate from and compose in the language." - Robert Eldridge. Sidney-Fryer, Donald. Emperor of Dreams: a Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography, p. 106. Pulpy paper browned, old fold creases separating at edges, a couple of minor edge nicks, generally very good. Provenance: Samuel Loveman papers. (#136335).

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