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BURNS, John Horne

A Cry Of Children

New York: Harper & Bros., 1952

8vo, pp. 276. Original grey and blue three-quarter cloth, lettered in white on spine. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper, with light edgewear to edges and spine ends.

First edition.
Published a year before Burns' death in Florence of a cerebral haemorrhage, this is a curious return to the closet, with Burns making only veiled references to the sexuality of his characters where in earlier, better work he had been candid and unapologetic. Gore Vidal believed that Burns 'wanted to die', and had drunk himself to death. Poorly reviewed, and a sad epitaph.
A near fine copy.

Keywords: John Horne Burns

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