London: Agenda Editions/André Deutsch, 1983. First Edition. Hardcover (22.3x13.3cm) : 32pp : SIGNED by the poet at the limitation page : publisher's red cloth lettered in gilt to spine : acetate cover : note to previous owner from Blackwell's, Oxford, loosely laid in. Fine / fine. Item #4132
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"Hill’s work is noted for its seriousness, its high moral tone, extreme allusiveness and dedication to history, theology, and philosophy...The Mystery of Charity of Charles Péguy (1983)...is based on the real life and times of Charles Péguy, a French poet who underwent a striking conversion from youthful Socialist to Nationalism. According to David Bromwich in the New Republic there is an air of “unfamiliarity” to Hill’s verse. “It has none of the unction of geniality; does not weaken itself with whimsies, or otherwise truckle for patronage … [Hill] does not want to be loved for his poems, or search out ways of being likable in his poems.”" (Poetry Foundation online).