Good + / Good only. Item #8526
Kingston, Jamaica: New Dawn Press, 1945. First Edition. Octavo; publisher's cloth in blue printed dust jacket; ,215pp. Jacket quite worn with a number of losses, the largest along bottom margin of rear panel affecting spine foot (presumably with loss of publisher's imprint), extremities of both jacket and cloth rather toned and lightly soiled, cloth corners and spine ends rubbed; a Good only copy, internally clean and sound. Inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Mrs. Vivien Mason / with the author's compliments / J.E. Clare McFarland / 21 April 1950."
Quite a scarce collection of academic pieces by the Jamaican civil servant, author, and founder, in 1923, of the Jamaican Poetry League. McFarlane went on to be named Jamaica's Poet Laureate in 1953, a title he held until his death in 1962. Though as a youth the poet exhibited a rebellious side, by the time he reached professional maturity he was known for subscribing to "the vision of Wordsworth and Matthew Arnold and fashioned his verse closely" on the latter, for which he was occasionally "accused of dullness" [Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly, eds., Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (2004), p. 994].