Two Novels: You Didn't Even Try; Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head. Philip Whalen.
Two Novels: You Didn't Even Try; Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head

Two Novels: You Didn't Even Try; Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head

ISBN: 0939010062
Somerville, MA: Zephyr Press, 1985. First Limited Softcover Edition Thus. Softcover. "The minds, the glittering personalities and eccentrics of Berkeley and San Francisco society come to life in these two novels by Beat poet Philip Whalen. Set in the late fifties and early sixties, You Didn't Even Try and Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head provide a remarkable window on the nascence of what would later be called the counterculture. Whalen also explores- with humor, pathos, and sometimes revelation- the limitations of relationships." (back cover) Two novels by Philip Whalen (1923-2002), the great primary poet of the original Beat Generation & the San Francisco Renaissance, later a Zen Buddhist monk (he took it a lot further than his compatriots Ginsberg, Kerouac et al.). You Didn't Even Try was originally published in 1967, & Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head in 1972- here they are presented in one volume, with an original introduction by the noted Beat-&-Beyond essayist Paul Christensen. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, one of 1200 copies from a total edition of 1550 including 350 hardcovers, of which 50 were numbered & signed by Whalen per colophon. A handsome & collectible version of these Whalen classics. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing, scratching & occasional spotting to glossy front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #3888]

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