MastroNet August 2005
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While a teenager at The Choate School in Connecticut, young JFK studied from this very book of poetry. What's more, he signed the first interior page to certify his temporary ownership of the hardbound Three Narrative Poems (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1924). The 126-page anthology, which includes the lyrical verse of Samuel Coleridge, Mathew Arnold, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is signed in dark-blue ink, "John F. Kennedy - East Cottage - Choate School." Below, Kennedy's full name appears again in pencil, though neither this second scripting nor the various surrounding annotations and doodles can be positively attributed as written in Kennedy's hand. The exterior fabric boards exhibit the usual soft wear of an oft-handled classroom book, and the spine is a tad loose yet stable. Kennedy's extremely early signature—scripted in a far more legible style than that to which it would evolve as an adult) grades "10"—and the evenly toned signature page is Near Mint. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
John F. Kennedy Signed "Choate School" Poem Book
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