Thursday, March 10, 2016

Houdini book of poetry from 1933

Here's one that's new to me. This 4-page booklet of Houdini-inspired poetry was written by Bob Brown and published by The Modern Editions Press in 1933. Arthur Moses recently scored this on eBay and says: "I have known about this for over 30 years and have never seen it offered before. I only know of two other holdings; both in University collections."

My guess is this is the earliest book of Houdini-inspired poetry. There have been many since, including: Ha! Ha! Houdini by Patti Smith; Houdini Houdini by Lynn Luria-Sukenick; The One and Only Human Galaxy by Elizabeth Swados; Sleeping With Houdini by Nin Andrews; and Anatomy of Keys by Steven Price.


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