Robert Frost Christmas Cards: One Step Backward Taken

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A view from above of the pamphlet standing upright.

Designed and printed by Joseph Blumenthal, this 4-inch by 5-inch pamphlet-style book is identical on the front and back, a pale gold band printed across both covers to separate the text for title and author, both printed in red. The brief text suggests that a careful step backwards from crisis might allow one to live to see the sun shine again in the future.

Robert Frost. One Step Backward Taken. New York: The Spiral Press, 1947.

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The cover of a One Step Backward Taken.

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The dedication page, sending “holiday greetings from Henry Holt & Company.”

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The text of the poem, printed in italic font.