An Elegy to Dispel Gloom. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
An Elegy to Dispel Gloom

An Elegy to Dispel Gloom

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1978. Stated Third Printing (Dated 1-1-79). Broadside. Broadside (8 & 1/2" x 11"). On Nov. 27th, 1978, City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in U.S. history and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a former police officer who had clashed with Milk over gay rights issues. In true protest-poet, activist fashion, it was a mere two days after the assassination that the world saw the first appearance of "An Elegy to Dispel Gloom," a now-important period-specific historical reflection on this immense tragedy for the gay community and liberal-minded, tolerant citizens of California at large. With 25-cent price (increased from original 15-cent price) noted in upper right margin. One of 150 copies, unnumbered, noted in upper left margin of front cover panel (Morgan A46). Still very close in time and scarcity to the first printing, a very desirable Ferlinghetti rarity. In very fine condition with one crease where folded (vertically for front cover, horizontally for verso with text); tiny bumps at two of four corners esp. lower right corner of front/upper left corner of verso and tiny crease-fold; small area of faint foxing at lower left front and verso surfaces. Item will be shipped carefully folded in half as originally issued. Very Fine. [Item #2547]

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