Notes from the Beat Underground: An Interview with Herbert Huncke. John Tytell.

Notes from the Beat Underground: An Interview with Herbert Huncke

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2013. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Number 41 in the Beat Scene Press Pocket Book Series of chapbooks published by Kevin Ring in the UK. This is the transcript of an interview conducted by John Tytell, author of an important early biography of the "Holy Trinity" of the Beats, Naked Angels: Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs & other works. The subject of the interview, which took place on March 2, 1973, was Herbert Huncke, a key figure in the Beat Generation (said to have first coined the very term). As Tytell writes in his introduction, "Herbert Huncke was a legend in his own time...one of the original members of the Beat generation. A furtive figure who appears several times in "Howl," celebrated as Herman in Burroughs' Junky, as Elmo Hassel in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, and Huck in Visions of Cody, Huncke participated in the quest for forbidden experience that brought William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg together in New York City just after World War II. Indeed, although he would modestly demur, Huncke introduced them to aspects of life of which they were previously unaware, and which profoundly affected both the content and character of their writing." In this fascinating & important interview, Huncke reminisces & reflects on the characters & incidents during the Big Bang of the Beat Generation. One of only 125 hand-numbered copies issued in July 2013, this is copy No. 35/125. A very significant Herbert Huncke rarity, in as-new, mint condition with only tiny bumps at bottom corner-folds of wrappers, likely as issued. As new. [Item #1858]

Price: $35.00