Electric Banana. Mary Beach, William S. Burroughs.
Electric Banana

Electric Banana

ISBN: 0916156079
Cherry Valley, NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1975. Limited First Edition Thus. Stapled Wrappers. "The Electric Banana by Mary Beach is a unique auditory experience approaching the actual found sounds of language as it mutters half a street sign repetitive argument overheard conversations bits of pop songs in millions of minds like some gigantic octopus with myriad tentacles..." (from Introduction by William S. Burroughs) The avant-garde stream-of-consciousness cult classic by Mary Beach (1919-2006), the prolific artist & writer who with her husband Claude Pelieu (1934-2002) was at the center of the American & expatriate creative counterculture from the 1940s through the dawn of the 21st century. Mary was the relative (niece?) of Sylvia Beach, the legendary Parisian bookseller (Shakespeare & Co.) & publisher (most famously of James Joyce's Ulysses). She was also the mother of Pamela Beach Plymell, who with her husband, the legendary literary outlaw Charles Plymell, was publisher & editor of Cherry Valley Editions, the imprint of this item. Preceded five years earlier (1970) by a German-language edition translated by Carl Weissner, & followed five years later (1980) by an edition that combined this & another work, this version is the first separate English-language edition, one of 500 copies printed as noted in colophon. With an enthusiastic, insightful introduction by WSB (quoted above), the most distinguished of Beach's many colleagues & influences. Front cover artwork by Joel Hubaut. A very rare & important Mary Beach & WSB-related collectible. In very fine condition with only light rubbing & occasional tiny spots at front, back covers & stapled spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps & light, faint creases at/near edges & corners of same. Interior on colored paper stock with only small bump-waves at lower corners of page leaves; otherwise substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #3331]

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