Evergreen Review Vol. 2 No. 5 (Summer 1958). Barney Rosset, Antonin Artaud, Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, Edward Field, Clement Greenberg, Richard Howard, Jack Kerouac, Kenneth Koch, Edgar Morin, Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, Caroline Richards, Sanford Roth.
Evergreen Review Vol. 2 No. 5 (Summer 1958)

Evergreen Review Vol. 2 No. 5 (Summer 1958)

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1958. First Printing. Softcover. This classic early number of the legendary literary journal co-edited by Barney Rosset & published by his Grove Press features avant-garde icon Antonin Artaud's essay "No More Masterpieces" translated into English by Caroline Richards; Roland Barthe's critical essay "Alain Robbe-Grillet" translated by Richard Howard; the canonical "Krapp's Last Tape" by the great playwright Samuel Beckett; Black Mountain-&-Beyond poet Robert Creeley's "The Three Ladies"; "Vaquero" by Edward Dorn, another great Black Mountain poet; "Poem for the Left Hand" by Edward Field; the seminal essay "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" by Beat Generation Founding Father Jack Kerouac; "Desire for Spring" by the Beat master Kenneth Koch; "Scenes from the Life of the Peppertrees" by Denise Levertov; the essay "Human Universe," exemplary in its elusive density & allusions, by Black Mountain Mentor/ Sui Generis Master Charles Olson; & more. Also with a fascinating analytical essay on the actor James Dean (who had famously died in his sudden car accident three years before in 1955) by Edgar Morin & even a typically dyspeptic letter-to-the-editor by the then-powerful, now somewhat notorious art critic Clement Greenberg. With haunting image of Dean snuggling into the lap of a mannequin by Sanford Roth on front cover, notes on contributors. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding. An exceptionally rich gathering of myriad writers, schools & topics; a highlight of this most collectible series. In near-fine condition with mild rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, chips/ closed tears & creases at thin edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & browning to edges of text block. Interior fine with only slight browning mostly at blank margins of page leaves; small-to-tiny bumps, creases at corners of same. Near Fine. [Item #4085]

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