May Day Speech. Jean Genet.
May Day Speech

May Day Speech

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1970. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. The text of a speech delivered by French avant-garde literary figure Jean Genet (1910-1986) on May Day (May 1), 1970, at Yale University, on behalf of the Black Panther Party & its then-jailed founder Bobby Seale. Genet had participated with William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg & others in the protests in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention two years earlier. Featuring a lengthy introduction by Ginsberg, in his unique prose-poetic Jeremiad style. Published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books, the imprint that unleashed Ginsberg's Howl & put the Beat Generation on the world map. An exemplary collectible from a turbulent era when writers placed themselves at the front lines of the countercultural revolution. In fine condition with only mild rubbing, browning & creasing to front, back wrappers & stapled spine; very light wear, a few short, faint creases & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; staples beginning to rust. Interior very fine except for staples noted above with no discernible bleeding therefrom, tiny bumps at corners of page leaves. Fine. [Item #2133]

Price: $25.00