This book is not, as its title might suggest, a history of the Poetry Book Society, though it does contain a historical sketch of that organization; more interestingly, it is an anthology of the brief introductions written for the Society’s quarterly bulletin by poets whose books have been ‘chosen’ or ‘recommended’. Some 40 pieces are selected here, out of the quarter century’s 99 choices (1959 was the delinquent year, when only three choices could be squeezed out instead of the customary four) and 123 recommendations.
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