Howl on Trial: The Battle for Free Expression. Bill Morgan, Nancy J. Peters, Allen Ginsberg.

Howl on Trial: The Battle for Free Expression

ISBN: 9780872864795
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2006. First Printing. Softcover. "The inside story of the writing, publication, and legal defense of Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems, in correspondence, essays, memoirs, documents, and photographs."(from back cover) Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first release of the now-canonical clarion call of the Beat Generation, an event that provoked an obscenity trial by the conventional establishment it so offended. As Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the courageous poet & publisher who dared to issue this most famous number in his City Lights Books' Pocket Poets Series, puts it in his introduction to this commemorative collection: "The "Howl" that was heard around the world wasn't seized in San Francisco in 1956 just because it was judged obscene by cops, but because it attacked the bare roots of our dominant culture, the very Moloch heart of our consumer society." Of special interest among the varied, rich contents is "The complete "The Howl Letters"- correspondence between Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, John Hollander, Richard Eberhart, Louis Ginsberg, and others- with first-person insight into Ginsberg's thinking and the significance of the poems to the author and his contemporaries."(also from back cover) With reproductions of photographs, contemporary articles, etc. A trade softcover original first edition, first printing as confirmed on copyright page. An essential volume for the Ginsberg collector-scholar, & for all those concerned with the still-ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. In very fine condition with only slightest rubbing & scratching to glossy surface of front, back covers esp. small area at lower left of front cover; tiny bumps & creases at corners of same. Interior very fine with only miniscule bumps at lower corners of a few page leaves; otherwise virtually mint. Very Fine. [Item #2864]

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