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(Louis, 1885-1977, American poet, Anthologist, Critic and Editor)
"Selected Poems and Parodies" signed and inscribed on the front free endpaper
"For Peter, with a bow to Vandenberg, Murphy, & St Patrick - including the Ruthven snakes!", 8vo., published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, with the date embellished a small flower 17th March
Untermeyer was appointed the fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961.
Alexander Grant Ruthven (1882-1971, American Naturalist, President of Michigan University, 1929-1951) wrote a famous book on Garter Snakes in 1908. Ruthven's Snake or Ruthven's Kingsnake is named after him. It can be kept as a pet but is very venomous and will eat other less venomous snakes. St Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland and Murphy is a typically Irish name. Vandenberg Air Force Base occupies a gigantic swath of land in northern Santa Barbara County. Most of it is pristine, inhabited not by humans but by a motley crew of flora and fauna, including Vandenberg Rattlesnakes.
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