Early Writing. Frank O'Hara.

Early Writing

ISBN: 0912516178
Bolinas, CA: Grey Fox Press, 1977. First Trade Edition. Softcover. "This volume collects Frank O'Hara's writing during the years he was a student at Harvard College: the earliest poem is dated October 1946 and the latest August 1950. All dates given in brackets following the poems are from the poet's manuscripts; undated poems are placed where any evidence suggests they belong...In the late summer of 1949, O'Hara typed up on punched notebook paper most of the shorter verse he had written during the preceding three years, meticulously dating each poem, and then destroyed the original drafts. Several of these poems exist as separate manuscripts...The poems in the second section come from manuscripts in O'Hara's papers dating from the same period, plus a handful of more achieved poems from his last year at Harvard. Together with the Notebook Poems, they provide an exceptional opportunity to study the poet's progress: from early rehearsals of traditional forms and themes through experimental and prose poems and verse portraits of friends." (Editor's Note by Don Allen) This book is essential for the O'Hara enthusiast or scholar, and is a companion title of "Poems Retrieved," also published by Don Allen's Grey Fox Press in the same year. From the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, founders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers & friends of many "Beat Generation/Black Mountain/New York School" authors. Book in near fine condition with minor rubbing, nicks, gauges & shelf-wear throughout; large bump-crease to rightmost fine-edge of front cover. Near Fine. [Item #2940]

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