Pity the Dreamless King Zany / Charles W. Dill SIGNED 1938 Desert Poet Los Angeles


Title: Pity the Dreamless

Author: King Zany [Charles W. Dill]

Description: Inscribed by King Zany on the title page. Staple-bound in blue felted card wraps. Covers show minor edgewear; some fading along spine. Interior is clean. Printed in blue ink on Joshua tree wood paper. Printed on rectos only. [56] pp. 8 x 6 inches.

18 poems by King Zany, "the Desert Poet" of Los Angeles County.

"Inspired by the heart, engraved by the hand in the Little Desert Lean-to at Pearblossom, California."

Charles W. "King Zany" Dill (1889-1939) had been a silent movie actor and songwriter in Hollywood between 1918 and 1929. In 1917 he was living in Laurel Canyon and working for Universal Studios. Around 1925 he legally changed his name to King Zany. Following an on-set injury he relocated to Pearblossom in the Mojave Desert to recover and supported himself by selling his hand-made books. His verse frequently appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

Binding: Staple bound soft cover
Condition: Very Good

Publisher: [self published]
Place: Pearblossom, California
Year: 1937

Keywords: Pearblossom, Antelope Vally, Los Angeles County, poet, poetry, roadside poet,

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