Copy letter and reply

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 WST/1/49
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 49a-b
  • Dates of Creation
      24-27 Aug 1945
  • Physical Description
      2 sheets

Scope and Content

Topics covered in this letter from Harry Duncan include the long process of publishing Esthetique du mal, and a price increase on the hand-illustrated covers by Williams. Furthermore, Alfred A. Knopf wish to reprint sections of Notes in the Borzoi book of modern verse, and Duncan asks for Stevens' opinion as the copyright holder. In his reply Stevens informs the Press of Knopf's disapproval of their publication of Notes, and that they will further disapprove of the publication of Esthetique du mal. He alerts Duncan to the costs publishers charge when buying poems for selections. He warns that the Borzoi book of modern verse is purely a business venture, and suggests fees the Press should request. However, Knopf may decline the offer.