Beatitude East (No. 17). Various, Carol; Wakoski Berge, Ruth, Diane; Weiss.
Beatitude East (No. 17)

Beatitude East (No. 17)

New York, NY: Beatitude East, 1961. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Contributor Diane Wakoski. Beatitude East was edited by one Chester Anderson--not a name familiarly recognized in the world of Beat studies. Anderson attended the University of Miami from 1952-1956. He lived in both Greenwich Village and in North Beach, having been impressed by the Beat scene and obviously wanting to become a part of what would eventually be known as the Mimeograph Revolution. It's interesting to note that this issue--the 17th--is published on February 6, 1961--'61! That predates the first issue of "Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts" in 1962--quite something. Basically nothing can be found out about Anderson's real Beat connections or Beatitude East but what is clear is that it was much more intertwined with things closer to the Fluxus group, La Monte Young, John Cage and others like them. He even had Young guest-edit an issue of Beatitude East. Despite all this, Anderson is actually better known for his associations with the San Francisco Diggers, as his "Communication Company" (which was born of his departure from the San Francisco "Oracle") printed many Diggers-sponsored or Diggers-related material during their heyday. He eventually had a split with the Diggers after they demanded unrestricted use of his printing equipment. He also printed for the San Francisco Mime Troupe and did popsters for the legendary "Human Be-In." What has all this to do with the little-known "Beatitude East"? We're not sure just yet, but this is what we have to offer you in terms of information as scholars on this criminally under-researched and very early "Beat" publication. Book in very fine condition with only slight shelf-wear to fine-edges; minute bump to bottom right-hand corner. Very Fine. [Item #3104]

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