DeCasseres wrote introductions, forewords and prefaces to a number of books, what follows is an incomplete list. They are currently ordered by chance, those with cover images and descriptions are first, in whatever order completed.
The Sublime Boy
Title: The Sublime Boy; the Poems of
Author: Walter De Casseres
DeC’s Contribution: Introduction and a few poems.
Publisher: Seven Arts, New York
Publisher: Underworld Amusements
Author: Bruce Calvert
DeC’s Contribution: Foreword
The Planetary Heart
Title: The Planetary Heart
Author: Eric Baker
DeC’s Contribution: Foreword ( also includes an introduction by John Cowper Powys)
Publisher: The Wings Press
Inside front jacket flap reads:
“It is rarely that a book, much less a first book of poetry, is introduced by two such eminent critics as John Cowper Powys and Benjamin DeCasseres. It is more rarely yet that a book deserves the commendation of such authorities. But we issue Eric Wilson Barker’s collection of poems with a full belief that its authentic lyricism, its sensitive reactions to nature, and its imaginative reach and power not only entitle it to the words of praise uttered by Mr. Powys and Mr. DeCasseres but will earn for it a treasured place in the minds and hearts of all poetry lovers.”
The Hermaphrodite: A Poem
Title: The Hermaphrodite: A Poem
Author: Samuel Loveman
DeC’s Contribution: Preface
Publisher: W. Paul Cook
The book was published in an edition of 350 copies in July, 1926. Besides the 2 page preface by DeC, the work “The Hermaphrodite” is one long poem.
Title: Painted Veils
Author: Huneker, James
DeC’s Contribution: 8 page Preface
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Year: 1947 “Black & Gold Edition”
DeCasseres wrote the preface to a later edition of the book after it had gained some noteriety. This story, set in New York, is noted as being Huneker’s most famous novel. James Huneker was a noted art critic.
Title: Selected Poems
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
DeC’s Contribution: “Clark Ashton Smith: Emperor of Shadows”
Publisher: Arkham House
Selected Poems is a collection of poems by Clark Ashton Smith. It was released in 1971 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,118 copies. The collection also includes several translations of French and Spanish poems. Christophe des Laurieres and Clérigo Herrero, however, are not real people, and the poems are actually compositions of Smith’s.
What I learned in Nazi Germany
Title: What I learned in Nazi Germany
Author: Major Frank Pease
DeC’s Contribution: Foreword
Publisher: American Defender Press
I first ran across this book in an advertisement while researching online (see below), and know little about it.
The following is a short news item from January 27th, 1934:
“What I Learned in Nazi Germany,” a booklet written by Major Frank Pease and just published by the American Defender Press at 221 Centre street, links Communism and Nazism in Germany.
Pease, a former officer of the United States Army and a writer for a number of American magazines, expresses apprehension with regard to both the internal structure of the Third Reich and Hitler’s foreign policies. Pease contends that the Nazi structure of Hitler’s domain merely shelters huge masses of Communists now parading in brown shirts and that the foreign policy of the Hitler Government is rapidly leading the nation to another debacle such as that of 1914.
Pease describes the bitterness of Nazis in Germany toward Americans and America, a fact which the major states was evidenced by Nazi assaults on his own and the person of his wife during their stay. He charges that he and his wife bore the brunt of a vicious Nazi attack and that American diplomatic officials made no effort to protest. “The Vaterland,” Pease writes, “itself is a country of overgrown kindergartners who look upon the nations around them as but blocks to play with–never mind the blood, and damn the consequences. Germans have more intellectual intolerance than any other tribe on earth. They are of the fearful breed which is ‘always right.’ Their very sneers are ex cathedra.”
And the Sphinx Spoke
Title: And the Sphinx Spoke
Author: Paul Eldridge
DeC’s Contribution: Three Page Introduction
Publisher: The Stratford Company
The Boy of Bethlehem
Title: The Boy of Bethlehem
Author: Bio Terrill DeCasseres
Publisher: Christopher Press, New York
Life Sings a Song
Title: Life Sings a Song
Author: Samuel Hoffenstein
DeC’s Contribution: Short introduction.
Publisher: Wilmarth PublishingCompany