The Seagull (An Opera Libretto...Based on the Play by Anton Chekhov). Kenward Elmslie.
The Seagull (An Opera Libretto...Based on the Play by Anton Chekhov)
The Seagull (An Opera Libretto...Based on the Play by Anton Chekhov)
The Seagull (An Opera Libretto...Based on the Play by Anton Chekhov)

The Seagull (An Opera Libretto...Based on the Play by Anton Chekhov)

Melville, NY: Belwin-Mills Publishing, 1974. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Signed (Twice) & Inscribed to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, close friends of Kenward Elmslie & cofounders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers of many Beat/New York School/Black Mountain-related authors. Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright who became a unanimously acknowledged "master of the modern short story," who influenced James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and other early 20th century masters. "First performed in St. Petersburg on October 17, 1896 (Old Style), the four-act drama, misnamed a comedy, was badly received; indeed, it was almost hissed off the stage. Chekhov was greatly distressed and left the auditorium during the second act, having suffered one of the most traumatic experiences of his life and vowing never to write for the stage again. Two years later, however, the play was revived by the newly created Moscow Art Theatre, enjoying considerable success and helping to reestablish Chekhov as a dramatist. The Seagull is a study of the clash between the older and younger generations as it affects two actresses and two writers, some of the details having been suggested by episodes in the lives of Chekhov’s friends." (Ronald Francis Hingle, Anton Chekhov, Encyclopedia Britannica, 2015). As illustrated by the informative tidbit above, one could draw parallels between the Chekhov's utilization of personal experience and that same autobiographical vein the informed reader can observe in the work of many Beat & "New York School" authors. This notion of considering your friends (and your time with them) as suitable creative subject matter was employed by many of the giants of mid-century American poetic development. Also, as the above quote states, Chekhov's play intimated that too often differences in age create schisms in society, as in the great gap between Eisenhower America and the small groups of revolutionary writers growing within it--slowly but surely changing not only modern literature, but the American cultural landscape forever. Inscription in common black pen ink reads: "for / (bubble letters) K + A / (resumes normal handwriting) "We are all of us victims / in the ravages of time(?)" / Love, / Kenward / 3/11/95." "Ken & Ann" are Ken & Ann Mikolowski, close friends of Kenward Elmslie & founders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers of many Beat/New York School/Black Mountain-related authors. Second signature reads: "Kenward Elmslie" in the same black pen ink on title page below the author's printed name. Book in fine condition with moderate rubbing to front, back covers; horizontal crease running through length of spine; slightest bumps, chipping at all corners of front, back covers; minor spot at bottom right corner of front cover; similar spotting near leftmost fine-edge of back cover at center-middle. Fine. [Item #2837]

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