Beat Coast East: An Anthology of Rebellion. Stanley Fisher, Daisy Aldan, Ray Bremser, Gregory Corso, Elaine de Kooning, Diane di Prima, John Fles, Allen Ginsberg, Howard Hart, LeRoi Jones, Jack Kerouac, Boris Lurie, Norman Mailer, Claes Oldenberg, Peter Orlovsky.
Beat Coast East: An Anthology of Rebellion

Beat Coast East: An Anthology of Rebellion

New York, NY: Excelsior Press, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. A very interesting early compilation of Beat Generation & Beat-contemporary (mostly) poets, prose writers & artists, produced during the height of early media hysteria regarding what exactly the word "Beat" meant. "What is beat? Is there a final or definitive definiton?...So crazy-- one must dig this word somehow. I walked along the village limelight and asked an assortment of squalid squares and plastered saints what they thought the word beat meant- thus it started...so get with the graphics, griffins, and go revelations of these mysterious calumniators and creators sounding off for the far-out absent glories and the beatific count-downs to hip-heavens, for the world on high has descended: THIS BEAT IS COOL SLANG FOR GOD." (from editor's preface, pgs. 7, 9) There are a few names in particular whose inclusions deserve special note. One is Daisy Aldan (1923?-2001), onetime mentor to Gerard Malanga and the foremost translator of "the last of the French Symbolists" Stephane Mallarme. Another is John Fles, editor of The Trembling Lamb and a part of the "Big Table" cadre at the University of Chicago that notoriously broke off from the Chicago Review in 1959. Howard Hart (1927-2002) is another- as many Beat scholars have seen the poetry reading flyer that listed Hart as a reader besides Jack Kerouac and Philip Lamantia. Other familiar Beats & their contemporaries such as Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Ray Bremser, Gregory Corso, Kerouac, Diane di Prima, LeRoi Jones & Norman Mailer also make appearances- and the poems chosen are not among the commonly anthologized- in their own publications or elsewhere. Also with black-&-white reproductions of artworks by Elaine de Kooning, Claes Oldenberg, Boris Lurie & Stanley Fisher (1926-1980), also the editor of this volume whose preface is quoted above. Trade-format softcover original in sewn binding, first edition published on September 30, 1961 in an edition of 10,000 copies according to Morgan's Descriptive Bibliography of Ginsberg (B15, pg. 105), although copyrighted 1960. A very important & collectible contemporaneous Beats-&-Co. anthology. In exceptionally very fine condition with only very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & sparse spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at upper corners of some page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4071]

Price: $40.00