Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items
Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items
Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items
Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items
Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items
Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items
Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items

Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Volumes 1-5 with: Two Bonus Items

ISBN: 0876853998;0876854
Santa Barbara & Santa Rosa, CA: 1980-1983; 1987. First Trade Editions. Softcovers. "As early as August 2 of 1950, less than four months into their correspondence, Charles Olson was aware of the significance of his writing to Robert Creeley. He wrote to his old friend and fellow Melvillean, Henry A. Murray: "Creeley and I have since engaged in perhaps the most important correspondence of my life." It is as a result of this correspondence- and also the possibilities Creeley offered as publisher and editor- that Olson will term him "The Figure of Outward" in his 1960 dedication to The Maximus Poems; while within that series itself, Creeley is handsomely acknowledged by Olson as having given him what he calls "the world."...Creeley, in his turn, who had known the best the American University had to offer, dropping out of Harvard in his final year, found Olson's letters "of such energy and calculation that they constituted a practical 'college' of stimulus and information." Elsewhere he writes: "The letters...were really my education just because their range and articulation took me into terms of writing and many other areas indeed where I otherwise might never have entered." One can expect to find, then, in the letters that follow, a relationship and a correspondence of uncommon richness." (from Editor's Introduction by George F. Butterick, Vol. 1) Offered here are the first five (of ten) contiguous volumes of the voluminous letters written between two giants of American poetry: Charles Olson (1910-1970) & Robert Creeley (1926-2005). Both Olson & Creeley are of course associated with the Black Mountain School, Olson having been a leader there in its final waning years; Creeley having attended & been associated with it. But from this beginning over many years, they inspired each other's work & engaged in a deep co-investigation of poetry to forge their influential yet sui generis styles. These letters are an unfolding of this intellectually symbiotic process. The letters were written between April 21, 1950 & April 26, 1951- the better part of 1000 pages' worth of correspondence over just one year. With introductions (except in Vol. 2) & notes by the late George F. Butterick, the editor of these volumes who was one of Olson's closest associates, & the author of a monumental, definitive study of his Magnum Opus, The Maximus Poems. In addition to these first five volumes, we are "throwing in" the eighth volume of Olson & Creeley's complete correspondence, with an introduction by Butterick & all the letters written between October 4 - December 28, 1951. This volume is not contiguous with the others, but could serve as an anchor for eventual purchase of volumes 6-10, & is in any case a gift from us to you. Also, we are pleased to offer a First Edition Thus, first softcover edition of New American Story, co-edited & with prose contributions by Creeley, as well as William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Hubert Selby Jr. et al. (Penguin Books, 1971), also as a gift. The first five volumes for the Olson & Creeley collector-scholar to bravely scale the first half of this mountain of dense poetic & philosophical analyses between two towering figures of American letters, exemplary Black Sparrow Press productions & ideal working copies, along with two enriching bonus items. Volumes 1-5, 8 of Olson-Creeley letters all in very fine condition: Vol. 1 with only small area of light smudging at blank right edge of front cover; very light rubbing to upper & lower edges of text block; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Vol. 2 with only residue of sticker removal in small rectangular area near upper right corner of front cover; lightest rubbing & wear at front, back covers & spine; very light wear, creasing & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; very light rubbing at bottom edge of text block; interior substantially mint. Vol. 3 with only slightest rubbing to front, back covers & spine; light rubbing & small areas of smudging to bottom edge of text block; interior substantially pristine. Vol. 4 with only a bit of wear & small area of light smudging at bottom edge of text block; otherwise virtually mint inside & out. Vol. 5 with only a bit of sunning & light wrinkling to spine & its edges; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Bonus Vol. 8 with only very light rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; miniscule wear & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; interior substantially mint. Bonus copy of New American Story in fair-good condition with moderate rubbing, scratching, sunning & soiling to front, back covers & spine; mild-to-moderate wear, creasing & small bumps at edges & corners of same; moderate browning to edges of text block, interior page leaves mostly at blank margins. Very Fine. [Item #3190]

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