Archetype West: The Pacific Coast as a Literary Region. William Everson.
Archetype West: The Pacific Coast as a Literary Region

Archetype West: The Pacific Coast as a Literary Region

Berkeley, CA: Oyez, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. "In this book I have attempted to delineate the Western archetype by examining one of its most salient features: the creative writer. Abstracting from his personal achievement I treat him as a distinct species, a phenomenon spanning several generations of Western experience, to arrive as a late but authentic symbol in the pantheon of American images we have developed over our two centuries of national existence." (from author's Preface) A deep scholarly treatise by William Everson (1912-1994), the great American poet, critic & craft printer who was at the center of the San Francisco Renaissance but with a twist- he was known as "Brother Antoninus," or "The Beat Friar," for having joined a Catholic order of monks, which he left in order to marry a young woman. In this inspired, well-written volume Everson brings such key contemporary Beat Generation-SFR & related figures as Charles Bukowski, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth & Gary Snyder into his discussion of American Western literary archetypes; along with many others through the centuries. This copy is from the relatively rare first hardcover edition, presumed first printing, published by the venerable Oyez press. On front flap of dust jacket, Snyder is quoted: "Everson has put "western literature" in the frame of history and the whole psyche of civilized man. No one can turn aside, now, from the questions it raises." With bold photograph of waves crashing on the Pacific coast by Dave Bohn wrapped around front & back covers of dust jacket. A desirable rarity in the Everson canon, & a profound work of literary-cultural criticism. Book in very fine condition with only very mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; small bump-crease to upper right corner of front cover (probably a very slight flaw as issued); very light rubbing to edges of text block with a few small-to-tiny spot-stains at side & esp. lower edges of same. Interior very fine with only one ink bracket at right margin of text not effecting same on pg. 131 by previous owner; otherwise virtually mint. Unclipped dust jacket in fine condition with mild rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases & chips at edges & corners of same; slightest browning esp. at light-colored inner flaps. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3356]

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