First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg

First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg

ISBN: 9780816699179
Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. First Printing. Trade Softcover. "First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg" collects interviews and articles spanning 37 years--from 1960 to 1997--spanning topics from literary technique & theory (a mainstay of this work) to music, politics, religion and the rest. A few of this author's favorite selections are the moving recollections of Ginsberg's visit with an aging Ezra Pound, his place in history inevitably smeared by the anti-Semitic radio broadcasts. Many know the story of Pound recanting these sins in recognition of his former ignorance, but the real story of the meeting and of Ginsberg's dialogue with Pound is far more interesting than the common recitation of that anecdote would have it. Another stellar contribution is the landmark 1974 interview of Ginsberg by John Tytell, inarguably one of the most important Beat-&-Beyond scholars of this or any era. Another gem (and there are even more) is poet Kenneth Koch's 1977 interview of Ginsberg, which is playful, serious and informative all at the same time. A review in a recent "Beat Scene Magazine" (an incredible publication by any assessment) actually panned this title and I don't see why. If you are interested in literary Ginsberg, if you are interested in political Ginsberg, if you are interested in philosophical Ginsberg--you should find immense value in this tome. Book in very fine condition with only the tips of a few pages folded at top right-hand corners--all as issued by publisher. Very Fine. [Item #3014]

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