The Unspeakable Visions of the Individual, Tenth Anniversary Issue. Arthur Knight, Kit Knight, Bonnie Bremser, Carolyn Cassady, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Jan Kerouac, Joanne McClure, Philip Whalen.
The Unspeakable Visions of the Individual, Tenth Anniversary Issue

The Unspeakable Visions of the Individual, Tenth Anniversary Issue

ISBN: 0934660034
Pennsylvania, CA: Arthur & Kit Knight, 1980. First Printing. Softcover. This commemorative tenth anniversary issue of the pioneering series of Beat Generation anthologies, edited & published by Arthur (1937-2012) & Kit Knight, features letters, drawings, prose & poems spanning the beginnings of the Beats through the end of the 1970s, when most of the original figures were still quite in their prime: Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Philip Whalen & more are represented. Of particular interest, & admirable prescience by the Knights, are the contributions of many female Beat adjuncts: Bonnie Bremser, Carolyn Cassady & Joanne McClure, the long-suffering wives of Ray, Neal & Michael respectively; & Jan Kerouac, the neglected daughter of Jack whose fate was even worse than her father's, are given voice, commencing their emergence from the shadows of their famous Beat partners & parent. With many fascinating, intimate photos throughout, some well-known & much-reproduced, but quite a few never seen before or after this appearance (check out a very young Ginsberg in suit & tie, tucked into a stately armchair & being served by a black waiter at an elite club by Robert Frank, pg. 109). Speaking of prescience, ponder this Huncke quote, circa 1975, on pg. 1: "Something is happening now that hasn't happened before. Something very frightening is happening and I don't know what it is, but I tell you I think we're going through a period right now that's very scary. I couldn't put my finger on it and say look, such and such is the case, and it'd be advisable for you to move a desk from there to over there because I believe there's a bomb going off over there, but I think that's exactly what's going to happen. I think they're getting ready to use violence on a much larger scale than they have heretofore." An essential collectible for all serious students of the Beat Generation. We deem it in near-fine condition mainly due to four interior leaves (pgs. 167-174) being detached from binding, though in very fine condition, complete & tight-fitting. Unfortunately, we have found that the bindings in this old series are brittle & do not age well, so the remaining majority of attached leaves must be handled very carefully. Otherwise in very fine condition with only lightest rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mildest wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; one very thin, light vertical crease across spine; mild rubbing to edges of text block esp. lower edge. Interior very fine except for detached leaves noted above; tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves; very light browning to inner front & back covers; one light water(?) stain at-near upper left corner of inner front cover just above original price reference. Near Fine. [Item #3301]

Price: $20.00