August Derleth, HAWK, WHIPPOORWILL: POEMS OF MAN AND NATURE. Spring 1960-Autumn 1963, August Derleth, WHIPPOORWILL: POEMS OF MAN AND NATURE. Spring 1960-Autumn 1963 ., number 1-volume 4 volume 1, number 3.

London, England and Sauk City, Wisconsin: Published in London by Villiers Publications Ltd. for August Derleth, Place of Hawks, Sauk City, Wisconsin, Spring 1960-Autumn 1963 (volume 1, number 1-volume 4, number 3). Octavo, eleven issues, original green cloth stamped titled in gold. All published. One of 170 sets bound in cloth. Publication of HAWK & WHIPPOORWILL was terminated with the eleventh issue for financial reasons. "I undertook the publication of HAWK & WHIPPOORWILL, determined to bring out at least ten issues, primarily to inquire into the potential public for a magazine which, while not committed to any one direction in poetry, nevertheless was inclined toward traditional forms, and with an editorial policy encouraging poems of nature and man, secondarily to fill the void left by the suspension of TRAILS ... Subscribers to the first year of HAWK & WHIPPOORWILL numbered approximately two hundred; subscribers to the last numbered less than half that number, which, I conclude -- perhaps erroneously -- is not so much criticism of the contents of the magazine as proof of a sad indifference to it" ("On Publishing a Little Magazine," HAWK & WHIPPOORWILL IV:3 [1963], p. 79). "I had not, in any event, visualized extended publication, and the economic facts really permitted of no other solution. True, I had 170 sets bound and priced them at $10 the copy -- of these perhaps half sold; the other half remain to be sold. The entire venture, exclusive of book publication, lost me a total of $1,706.50, or roughly $170 an issue ... the overwhelming mass of poetry submitted was so very bad that editing the magazine soon became a depressing chore, and I was not unhappy to suspend it finally" ("My Life in Poetry," 1971). Wilson 695. A fine copy. (#164261).

Price: $150.00

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