ARCHIBALD MACLEISH SIGNED TYPESCRIPT, "Archibald MacLeish", 8 x 10, of his poem "The Silent Slain" about the battle of Roncevaux in 778. In fine condition.
Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) was an American poet, playwright and Librarian of Congress. During his long writing career MacLeish received three Pulitzer Prizes: two for poetry and one for drama. He also won a National Book Award for poetry, a Tony Award for Best Play (J.B.), and an Academy Award for Documentary Feature (The Eleanor Roosevelt Story).
The Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778 saw a large force of Basques ambush a part of Charlemagne's army in Roncevaux Pass, a high mountain pass in the Pyrenees on the present border between France and Spain, after his invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. Among those killed in the battle was a relatively obscure Frankish commander, Roland, whose death elevated him and the paladins, the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, into legend, becoming the quintessential role model for knights and also greatly influencing the code of chivalry in the Middle Ages.