Genesis West: A Garden to Grow the World Again, Volume One, Number One. Paul Bowles, James T. Farrell, Jack Gilbert, Denise Levertov, Gordon Lish, Kenneth, Rexroth, Theodore Roethke, Stephen Spender, La Monte Young.
Genesis West: A Garden to Grow the World Again, Volume One, Number One

Genesis West: A Garden to Grow the World Again, Volume One, Number One

Burlingame, CA: The Chrysalis West Foundation, 1962. First Printing. Softcover. The first issue of this important literary journal, edited by Gordon Lish, who would go on to edit & mentor the work of key American writers, most notably Raymond Carver. Featuring a special section of tributes to the great poet Jack Gilbert (1925-2012) by such literary luminaries among his contemporaries as Denise Levertov, Kenneth Rexroth, Theodore Roethke, Stephen Spender & others, interspersed with a selection of Gilbert's poems & concluding with an interview of Gilbert conducted by Lish on July 18, 1962. Also two traditional Moroccan anecdote-parables translated into English by Paul Bowles; a short piece of fiction by Grace Paley ("A Gloomy Tune"); Poetry by James T. Farrell ("Perhaps Trite Poem") & others; facsimile musical manuscript with notes by avant-garde composer & performer La Monte Young; & more. With illustrations & photographs, including artful nudes by Ruth Bernhard. Softcover in sewn binding. A most collectible compilation of exemplary mid-twentieth century literature. In near-fine condition with only mild rubbing, soiling & spotting to front, back covers & spine; several vertical creases through length of spine; tiny bumps at corners of covers; minor chipping at edges of covers & spine; top & esp. bottom edges of spine moderately worn & chipped, with short gauge-chip at bottom-right edge of spine/lower left edge of front cover. Interior very fine with exceptionally thick paper stock, except for tiny bumps & scratches at lower corners of first twenty-or-so pages. Near Fine. [Item #2134]

Price: $75.00