(Washington Court House, Ohio: Old Reliable Book Co., 1942). First edition. Original pictorial stiff white wrappers, 5.75 x 4 inches,  pages. Wrappers a little soiled; a very good copy. Item #18731
A late work from the famed Sweet Singer of Fayette County, Ohio, with much here in the way of doggerel calculated to stir martial ardor and/or address the emotional travails of war: “Tears are the rain-drops of the soul, / They fall when dark clouds ‘round us roll,” etc. Duffee’s earlier Poems: That are Real, That Appeal, That Make you Feel (Washington C.H., 1917) and God’s Gift to Me . . . Poetry (Washington C.H., 1940) had a certain outsider appeal; the inside rear wrappers here include extracts from letters of thanks, including famed Americana dealer Ernest Wessen of Midland Book Co., who notes “All copies of ‘God’s Gift to Me—Poetry’ have been sold. They have gone into the libraries of some of the leading literary lights of the country. . . . Please send a copy of both ‘God’s Gift to Me’ and ‘A Trek Through Florida’ inscribed to Louis Bromfield and signed by you.” The epic narrative poem on hog farmer James Collett’s triple axe murder, Thou Shalt Not Covet; or, Was He Guilty or Not Guilty? (Washington C.H., 1945) was as yet still waiting to spring from Duffee’s fertile pen.