Granary Books, 1986. Item #GB_4
19 x 5/8 x 13 in. broadside.
Published on the occasion of the “70th Year Celebration of Thomas McGrath” sponsored by The Loft in Minneapolis. Designed and printed letterpress by Wesley B. Tanner at the Arif Press. This is from an edition of 200 copies, signed by the poet. As new.
ABOUT THOMAS MCGRATH: Thomas McGrath (1916-1990), poet and teacher, was born in North Dakota to struggling second-generation farmers. In 1939 he received his B.A. from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks and began graduate work at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge , engaging in radical politics and publishing his first book of poems with The Swallow Press. After serving in the U.S. armed forces from 1942 to 1945, McGrath studied at Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship (1947-1948).
Back in the U.S., he accepted a faculty position at Los Angeles State University (1951-1954). In 1953 he appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, was fired by LA State, and spent the next eight years working odd jobs, writing film scripts, and co-founding and co-editing the journal Crazy Horse with his wife Eugenia. From 1962 to 1967, he taught at North Dakota State University at Fargo and from 1969 to 1983, at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. Among McGrath's honors are a Guggenheim fellowship (1967) and two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1974, 1982). His best-known work, Letters to an Imaginary Friend, was published in sections between 1957 and 1985.