First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4184
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1959. Stated First Printing, April 1959. Black illustrated dustjacket with original $3.50 price; book in green cloth with black lettering to spine. Jacket shows light edgewear with a few shallow chips and tears along edges and some foxing to back and interior, but is clean and crisp overall. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Lowell's fourth book and winner of the 1960 National Book Award, Life Studies marked a shift in style that M.L. Rosenthal described as "confessional," which led to the naming of the school of Confessional Poetry. While later critics quibbled with labeling the book as such, the collection was massively impactful on Lowell's contemporaries as well as critics' conceptions of the relation between poet and autobiography going forward.