New York: New Republic, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed to Alice Decker Ferguson "with the best greetings of Kenneth Burke'' and dated August 1937. First edition, first printing, with no mention of a later printing on copyright page. Burke has also added parenthetically in his own hand, a long and somewhat obscure reference to a "Sullivan-Beethoven battle". Decker (1901-1979) was a sculptress born in Missouri, and evidently a good friend of Burke's. A unique presentation of a scarce book, inscribed to an artist. Burke (1897-1993) was a very influential poet, literary theorist, essayist and novelist, who had a powerful impact on 20th-century philosophy, aesthetics, criticism, and rhetorical theory - in particular as to the treatment of language as symbolic action. Among those he influenced were Harold Bloom, Stanley Cavell, Susan Sontag (who was his student at the University of Chicago), Erving Goffman, Edward Said, and many others. 2 volumes, flexible cloth. Both very good copies, with minor edgewear, mainly to the extremities. Lacking the dust-jackets.
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