[N.P.]: [N.D.]. Near Fine original typescript with the author's handwritten annotations in blue, purple, and red ink, including his handwritten dedication of the poem to Father Nicholas Fuhrmann. Fuhrmann was Stanford's high school English teacher, boxing coach and a lifelong friend and mentor to the young poet. 14 pages on white paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. Some minor dust-soiling to the first page and some crinking to the final page, with all text legible and unaffected. While the typescript is missing the final page with the poem's end, what is contained in this document are 11 pages of grammatical and substantive alterations that shaped the final poem as it appeared in Stanford's important first work The Singing Knives. An exceptional glimpse into Stanford's editorial process.
Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Stanford's publisher, Irv Broughton. According to Broughton, "Time was of the essence in my publishing Frank Stanford's first book" and to this end, the two had rapid-fire, collaborative phone calls throughout Stanford's drafting process. "Frank dictated to me line by line [so they would each have a working copy]... During the lengthy phone call, there were many moments where one or both of us broke into nervous laughter, especially when the poem dealt with the severed hand and the Gypsy." Broughton certifies that this copy was Stanford's working copy, sent over to him with Stanford's hand-written edits and the addition of the dedication to his former teacher. Near Fine (Item #2288)