VERSE by John Updike is a 175-page paperback published by Fawcett Publications, Inc., first Crest Printing, February 1965. The pages are clean and unmarked and the binding is sound but may be dry due to age.
Long before the won the 1964 National Book Award for The Centaur and critics were hailing him as "the most gifted writer of his generation" for his earlier novels and short stories--Pigeon Feathers, The Same Door, The Poorhouse Fair and Rabbit, Run--John Updike had already established himself as a poet of considerable reputation. Updike's marvelous versatility is clearly reflected in his poems which range from sheer fun and satire to serious poetry..."He is a graceful border-crosser, as Auden has been," commented The Saturday Review. "His is what poetry of this sort ought to be," wrote Phyllis McGinley, "playful, but elegant, sharp-eyed, witty." This special Crest edition of VERSE represents the first appearance of his collected poetry in a single volume, and contains complete the two volumes originally published as The Carpentered Hen and Telephone Poles.Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 65-12882