Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village. William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Peter Orlovsky, Frank O'Hara, Fred W. McDarrah, Gloria S. McDarrah.
Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village
Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village
Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village
Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village
Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village

Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village

ISBN: 0028645936
New York, NY: Schirmer Books, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed & dated during year of publication by Fred W. McDarrah & Gloria S. McDarrah. "From fashion and food to literature and music, the Beats heralded a new way of living, and a new mode of recording their lives. There is hardly a part of American culture today that is untouched by their work. Fred and Gloria McDarrah lived and worked in the heart of the Beat scene. Astute observers and participants, they faithfully recorded what they saw in word and picture. Besides their own thoughts and images, they amassed a collection of authentic Beat writings, all in the author's own hand or typed by them. Now reproduced for the first time, these writings complement the photographs and memories in giving a full picture of what it was like to be a Beat." (from front flap) The monumental collection of images, facsimile writings & commentary which documents the heyday of the Beat Generation in Greenwich Village, NYC during the 1950s-1960s by Fred W. McDarrah (1926-2007) & his wife, Gloria S. McDarrah (1932-2020). The McDarrahs were part of the Village Beat scene they chronicled, while Fred was a staff photographer for the Village Voice, & first compiled his images in the contemporaneous volume The Beat Scene (1960). From the iconic 1959 image of Jack Kerouac Jazz-talking with his arms outstretched (pg. 10, front cover detail) to a suite of photographs depicting Allen Ginsberg & Co. (including Herbert Huncke & Peter Orlovsky) at home in 1960 (pgs. 71-79), the whole historic scene is depicted here, from public performance to the most candid social & familial intimacy. Many if not all of the other great Beats including William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso & Diane di Prima generously appear; along with such allied contemporaries as New York School Master Frank O'Hara. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. On the title page, both Fred & Gloria McDarrah have hand-written their signatures above & below their respective printed names, & further below, apparently in Gloria's hand, is written the date of "October 10, 1996," all in bold silver-grey ink. A superb production, un-put-downable from cover to cover, one of the richest & most fascinating compilations on the Beat Generation ever assembled. Increasingly scarce & collectible, this copy is most especially rare with the signatures of the late, great McDarrahs & their date during year of publication. Book in very fine condition with only tiny bumps at lower right corner of front cover & esp. upper left corner of back cover; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps; otherwise also substantially mint. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4117]

Price: $150.00