"THE VAMPIRE" [prose poem]. TYPED MANUSCRIPT SIGNED (TMsS). Two short paragraphs on full sheet of letter size paper, ribbon copy, dated "Apr. 15, 1929" in different typewriter at top left, one handwritten correction of a typo, signed by Smith (black ink, forward slanting hand) at bottom, with an additional signature and address ("Auburn, Calif.") at upper right corner. "A translation from Baudelaire, bitterly addressing a lover to whom the poet feels chained like a prison convict, and who is compared finally to a vampire. As with all of Smith's Baudelaire translations, it creates an odd couple, though the traditionalist evidently found in the avant-garde Frenchman a kindred spirit of some sort. Baudelaire's use of sordid imagery adds an acerbic (and welcome) note to the usual sweetness of Smith's retro-romanticism." - Robert Eldridge. Not in Sidney-Fryer, Donald. Emperor of Dreams: a Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography. Tape repairs on verso reinforcing old fold creases, else fine. Provenance: Samuel Loveman papers. (#136387).