The Empire of Summer. M R. Doty, Mark Doty, Ruth Doty.

The Empire of Summer

Very Good. Item #6298
ISBN: 0918644240

Birmingham: Thunder City Press, 1981. Stated First Printing. Limited to 300 copies.

Octavo; 56 pages. Photo-illustrated paper wraps. Covers lightly edgeworn with a few scuffs, smudges, and one small dent to surface, but with no chips or tears. Dent extends to first seven or so pages, but not involving text. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.

The last of three early books co-authored with Doty's then-wife Ruth and published under a joint pseudonym. The couple divorced during the publication year, as Doty continued to discover and embrace his sexuality. A profile in Ploughshares by Mark Wunderlich describes these early books as ones "to which [Doty] no longer feels an allegiance," and most sources now consider his solo 1987 collection Turtle, Swan as Doty's debut.

Price: $200.00

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