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The Portable Beat Reader

New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1992. First Edition. Hardcover. "The Portable Beat Reader" will be recognized as the definitive book on the subject, worthy of being a Viking portable." (Lawrence Ferlinghetti, back flap) "Charters' learned Beat volume is a handy compilation of historic poetic signposts and spiritual milestones for youths and scholars who've begun their studies of a progressive literary explosion that shook the walls of cities on both... Item #2676

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The Portable Beat Reader. Ann Charters.
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Downstream from Trout Fishing in America

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 1998. First Printing. Softcover. One of 100 unnumbered copies. In "Downstream from Trout Fishing in America," author Keith Abbot gives as a candid recollection of mid-sixties San Francisco and its atmosphere just prior to the counterculture explosion. Abbot uses this backdrop to tie in anecdotes of his time spent with Richard Brautigan just before the publication of his much-celebrated classic "Trout Fishing in America."... Item #2691

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Downstream from Trout Fishing in America. Keith Abbot, Richard Brautigan.
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Poster for University of South Carolina Writer Series, 1984

Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 1984. First Printing. Single Sheet. A poster (11"x17") presenting the 1984 Writers Series of lectures at the University of South Carolina, sponsored by the University's Department of English & College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The event took place during March & April of that year, & among those who delivered lectures at this event were the great Russian-born poet Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996), who... Item #2684

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Poster for University of South Carolina Writer Series, 1984. Various, Joseph Brodsky, Erica Jong, Garrison Keillor, Diane Wakoski.
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Port of Saints

Berkeley, CA: Blue Wind Press, 1980. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. The last of his major works written in his European exile, "Port of Saints is the mind-boggling story of a man whose alternate selves take him on a fantastic journey through space, time, and sexuality. The last work written by Burroughs before his return to the United States..."Port of Saints" is partly experimental autobiography, partly profound exploration of the concept... Item #2663

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Port of Saints. William S. Burroughs.
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The Western Lands

New York, NY: Viking Penguin Inc. 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. "The Western Lands," published in 1987, is the final volume of William S. Burroughs second trilogy (the "Cities of the Red Night" trilogy) and was preceded by the book that bore that title in 1981 and 1984's "The Place of Dead Roads." In the introductory acknowledgments, Burroughs thanks Norman Mailer & his "Ancient Evenings" volume for "inspiration," 3 others for... Item #2667

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The Western Lands. William S. Burroughs.
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William Burroughs: A Portrait

New York, NY: Hyperion Books, 1992. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. El Hombre Invisible. "Miles traces threads of Burroughs' images from childhood to tough elder genius, isolating sensitive themes, following recurrences & evolution of routines clarifying Burroughs' comic pathetic heroic philosophies & insights into a coherent whole. Miles familiarizes even close readers with a fine map of Burroughs' mind." (Allen Ginsberg, back cover) Book in very fine condition with only minute... Item #2669

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William Burroughs: A Portrait. Barry Miles.
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Gentleman Junkie: The Life & Legacy of William S. Burroughs

New York, NY: Little, Brown & Co. 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. A beautiful production complete with gorgeous illustrations & full-color pages, "Gentleman Junkie" is a special biographical tome equally essential as the Ted Morgan & Barry Miles biographies that preceded it. "...with "Gentleman Junkie," Graham Caveny gives us the definitive life of William S. Burroughs--less biography than a "chronology of the Burroughs phenomenon, "an examination of the myth behind the... Item #2670

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Gentleman Junkie: The Life & Legacy of William S. Burroughs. Graham Caveney, William S. Burroughs.
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Silence: Lectures and Writings

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1967 (1961). Second Softcover Printing. Softcover. Signed & Inscribed by John Cage to Poet/Publisher Ken Mikolowski. "written from here includes: autobiographical fragments as Zen koan--blank pages as "white paintings" of the mind--anecdotes of Schonberg and Suzuki--celebrations of Satie, Varese, Rauschenberg, private friends, mushrooms--and words and spaces on Meister Eckhart--Zen--Dada--the Random Chaos-composition by hexagram, coin-tossing, paper fly specks--composition for prepared piano, magnetic tape, Happenings--Silence heard as the... Item #2672

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Silence: Lectures and Writings. John Cage.
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A Year From Monday

Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by John Cage. John Cage, since his immortal emergence in the avant-garde art world, grew synonymous with the conceptual intellectual dissidence his body of work has come to represent. Equal parts composer & philosopher, the scope of his influence will continue to be measured for generations to come. In 1967 his alma mater, Wesleyan University, published "A Year From Monday... Item #2673

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A Year From Monday. John Cage.
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Empty Words

Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1981. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Noted not only for his musical contributions but for his literary interests & endeavors, Cage once said: "Reading Finnegan's Wake I notice that though Joyce's subjects, verbs, and objects are unconventional, their relationships are the ordinary ones. With the exception of the Ten Thunderclaps and rumblings here and there, Finnegan's Wake employs syntax. Syntax gives it a rigidity from which... Item #2674

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Empty Words. John Cage.
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Anarchy

Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. "That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they have" This quote from Henry David Thoreau's "Essay on Civil Disobedience" is one of thirty quotations from which John Cage created "Anarchy," a book-length lecture comprising twenty mesostic poems. Composed with the aid of a computer... Item #2675

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Anarchy. John Cage.
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Carolyn Cassady Interview Issue...with Graham Oliver

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 1993. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. In this classic 1993 interview of Carolyn Cassady, the famous wife of "aetheral spirit" and "muse to many original Beats," expounding on the time spent with both men, and her inseparable relation to them both. Carolyn's primary goal in much of her commentary on The Beat Generation is dissipating the still-lingering murky fog birthed by the outright yellow journalism... Item #2700

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Carolyn Cassady Interview Issue...with Graham Oliver. Graham Oliver, Carolyn Cassady.
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1973 Descriptive Catalogue of City Lights Publications

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1973. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Offered here is the 1973 catalogue Lawrence Ferlinghetti printed to give a wider scope of selections to choose from than people outside of San Francisco would have had access to. Included in this book are some classic, iconic photos of various authors that have seen widespread publication elsewhere, but also contained within the catalogue are rarer shots of Gregory... Item #2677

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1973 Descriptive Catalogue of City Lights Publications. City Lights Books.
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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology: 60th Anniversary Edition

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2015. First Edition. Hardcover. "...From the beginning the aim was to publish across the board, avoiding the provincial and the academic, and not publishing (that pitfall of the little press) just 'our gang.' I had in mind rather an international, dissident, insurgent ferment. What has proved most fascinating are the continuing cross-currents and cross-fertilizations between poets widely separated by language or geography, from France... Item #2694

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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology: 60th Anniversary Edition. Various, Gregory Corso, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Hirschman, Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamantia, Frank O'Hara.
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The Journals of Jean Cocteau

New York, NY: Criterion Books, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. Jean Cocteau was the celebrated poet, playwright, and filmmaker who, among myriad other accomplishments, succeeded in achieving something that no establishment-challenging poet before him ever had: he was (in his lifetime) accepted into the French Academy. Poet Allen Ginsberg consistently recommended "Orpheus" and "Blood of the Poet" to his classes while teaching at Naropa. An absolutely integral figure in French literature... Item #2662

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The Journals of Jean Cocteau. Jean Cocteau, Wallace Fowlie.
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Gregory Corso: Beat Maverick

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2015. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Numbered Limited Edition (#49/125). Beat Scene Press Pocket Book No. 49 holds an insightful critical retrospective on the life & work of original Beat poet Gregory Corso. Poet & Essayist Jim Burns traces Corso's evolution using biographical fact and demystifies the mythos surrounding Corso's arrival into the original Beat Movement (as represented by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, & William... Item #2648

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Gregory Corso: Beat Maverick. Gregory Corso, Jim Burns.
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Save Twilight

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2016 (1984). First Edition Thus. Softcover. "World renowned as a master of modern fiction, Julio Cortazar was also a prolific poet. While living in Paris during the last months of his life, Cortazar assembled his life's work in verse for publication, and "Save Twilight" selects the best of that volume, making his poems available in English for the very first time. This expanded edition... Item #2695

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Save Twilight. Julio Cortazar.
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1647 Ocean Front Walk

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2008. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Dan Fante. This signed, numbered (#43/125), limited edition chapbook from Kevin Ring's Beat Scene Press presents a short story from Dan Fante. Oftentimes critics & Charles Bukowski readers have related Dan Fante's work to his; its rugged, rough-around-the-edges, painfully visceral & explicit voice evokes condemnation & intrigue simultaneously. When asked what he learned from Bukowski, Fante replied... Item #2647

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1647 Ocean Front Walk. Dan Fante.
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Pictures of the Gone World (60th Anniversary Edition)

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2015 (1955). First Edition Thus. Hardcover. In 2015 City Lights Books printed a special, limited hardcover edition of poet & founder of City Lights Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book of poems, "Pictures of the Gone World." On the book, Lawrence commented: "I wrote the twenty-seven poems in this book during a very short period in San Francisco shortly after four years in France on the... Item #2661

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Pictures of the Gone World (60th Anniversary Edition). Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti in London - 1965

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2016. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. (#22/125) "Lawrence Ferlinghetti In London - 1965" is an interview Ferlinghetti was scheduled to give for Penthouse Magazine after the Royal Albert Hall Reading in 1965, which featured Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, & Allen Ginsberg, among others. Typical of the majority of press the Beats received in the 50's & 60's, the interviewer's comically ludicrous approach and at-times evidently irrelevant... Item #2689

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti in London - 1965. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career: The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2015. First Edition. Hardcover. "One of the longest relationships between a publisher and a writer was that of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg's very first book, "Howl and Other Poems," was published by Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books in 1956, and it was followed by a dozen more before Allen's death in 1997. Perhaps because of Ginsberg's action-packed life or Ferlinghetti's innate reluctance to... Item #2693

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career: The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg.
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The Game & Other Poems

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2009. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Jack Hirschman. Signed Limited Edition. #22 in Kevin Ring's Beat Scene Press Pocket Book Series is "The Game & Other Poems" from celebrated poet & political radical Jack Hirschman. Hirschman, long-based in San Francisco, has dedicated his entire life to poetry & social concerns; ranging from his extensive assistance to the overwhelming population of San Francisco's homeless... Item #2653

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The Game & Other Poems. Jack Hirschman.
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Poster for The San Francisco Rolling Renaissance: A Counterculture History of the '50's & 60's

San Francisco, CA: Theatre Guild of San Francisco, 1985. First Printing. Single Sheet. A poster (11"x14") announcing "The San Francisco Renaissance: A Counterculture History of the 50's & '60's, " a two-part event held during January 25-27, 1985 at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. One part was entitled "West Coast Beat & Beyond: A Tribute to Jack Kerouac," & included a video featuring Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg... Item #2685

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Poster for The San Francisco Rolling Renaissance: A Counterculture History of the '50's & 60's. Theatre Guild of San Francisco, Jack Kerouac.
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Two Christmas Stories

Coventry, England: Pacific Red Car Press, 1993. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. (One of 100 unnumbered copies). In 1993 Pacific Red Car Press published "Two Christmas Stories" by Jack Kerouac, containing his "Home at Christmas," an article Kerouac penned for "Glamour" magazine in December 1961, along with "Not long ago joy abounded at Christmas," an article first published in the New York World Telegram on December 5th, 1957. The charming stories... Item #2660

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Two Christmas Stories. Jack Kerouac.
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Jack Kerouac in San Francisco

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2006. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. (1 of 100 unsigned, unnumbered copies). In this revealing, gossip-ridden rare article from poet & biographer Tom Clark, we see Kerouac & friends from an unfiltered factual lens. His no-holds-barred descriptions of the catty divisions created by adulterous betrayal read like rag-mags of literary history, as we learn of the Rexroth-Creeley-Rexroth (Marthe Rexroth, the poet's former wife) love triangle... Item #2655

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Jack Kerouac in San Francisco. Jack Kerouac, Tom Clark.


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