The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic - Lettered Edition

The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic - Lettered Edition

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By turns funny and poignant, whimsical and down-to-earth, The World Doesn’t End by Charles Simic is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection by a poet at the height of his powers. Simic masterfully constructs bizarre, unpredictable, and captivating visions in lyrical sentences that pile one incongruous turn upon another, building images that are full of surprise. Much like the river in one poem which flows backward, the power of Simic’s inner world derives from turning logic on its head and taking a look from another direction.

Upon its release in 1989, The World Doesn’t End was lauded by critics and colleagues. Publisher’s Weekly raved, “A master of the absurd and the unexpected, Simic presents a collection of prose poems that will not fail to amuse and delight.” The Washington Post called it, “A beautifully designed box of verbal fireworks… a seamless fusion of wild jazz and delicate, moonstruck, European chamber music. Young poets everywhere should read it attentively.”

The signed limited edition of The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic is presented in two states: Lettered and Numbered


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 77 Pages.
  • Limited to 26 copies.
  • Full Goatskin leather binding.
  • Four full color images by Wendy Mark.
  • Signed by Charles Simic and Wendy Mark.
  • Printed letterpress with two color throughout on mold made Zerkall.
  • Endsheets are Bertini paper.
  • Housed in a clamshell enclosure covered in Japanese cloth with velvet floors.

PLEASE NOTE: THE WORLD DOESN'T END does not include rights to a matching number or letter for our November 2020 book announcement. A SCANNER DARKLY will carry rights to the November 2020 book.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2019 by Wendy Mark.
Photography by Yegor Malinovskii.
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Mark Dauck
Book Craft at it's best

Having a number of specialty books, published from numerous publishers, I can only say this about what Paul puts out. Classy with Perfection. This book, small, simple in design but has all the details that would be put in a Rolls' Royce. Tight… the book is tight and solid. The book fits like a glove.. The pages have feeling, the lettering is perfect for the work and style of the Author. The colors of the fabric for the case and cover are spot on. The artwork fits into the same color theme and presentation. And the words written are equally masterful and enjoyed while holding and reading this edition. Again, great job as always.