Maggs Bros Ltd

Bug House Poetry. The complete Works of Richard Griffin. 

GRIFFIN, Richard (1919.)

£165.00 

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8 illustrations of the author after photographs. 8vo., green cloth, gilt. S.I., 

A particularly fine copy of the second (enlarged) edition of poems by the enigmatic Griffin. The late Eric Korn, in correspondence with the distinguished bookseller Garrett Scott, from whom we gratefully plagiarise, answered the question of “whether he [Griffin] is a satirist or loony” — with the suggestion that perhaps the distinction is “a false antithesis.”

Certainly little is known of him: the epitaph to this well produced self published volume reads:

"These Publishers always the same
Seem banded together to aim
Th' fiery dart through my heart.
They never appreciate art.
They say I'm eccentric and crazy.
Some of them say, "I'm a daisy."
They say I'm too fond of the bugs
Or am I addicted to drugs?
No that is not so, pray be careful
Many a critic too dareful
Is languishing deep in the cell
Of the buggy jug Dingley Dell.
So close up your trap in a jiffy
And try not to criticize Griffy."

 

Stock Code: 129974