[Cummings, E.E. (1894–1962)] Diamond, David. (1915–2005)
Santa Claus - David Diamond's Copy
New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1946.
Short play by the important poet, in which Death and Santa Claus meet and converse. From the collection of the American composer David Diamond, close friend of E. E. Cummings, with his blind stamp to the title page and his scattered underlinings and annotations in pencil throughout. Diamond has further added a note in pencil to the rear pastedown: "[?] did a drawing for the frontispiece, submitted it to Allan Tate, the editor. What happened to it?" 18 pp. Hardcover, red and black cloth with gilt, with dust jacket. Cummings' self-portrait on the rear of the dust jacket. Dust jacket clipped, rubbed, with some light soiling and small tears; in mylar. Overall fine in very good dust jacket. 7.5 x 11 inches (19.5 x 27.5 cm).
From the collection of David Diamond, considered one of the preeminent American composers of his generation. He enjoyed wide success in the 1940's and 1950's, before the serial and modernist trends largely pushed him into the shadows. The New York Times described him as "part of what some considered a forgotten generation of great American symphonists, including Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, William Schuman, Walter Piston and Peter Mennin." Among his many close friends in the world of music were Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.