Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions. Allen Ginsberg.
Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions...
Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions...

Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions...

ISBN: 0060926112
New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1995. First Softcover Edition; Second Printing. Softcover. "Since this work is not done posthumously, I've had the liberty to annotate each verse regarding appropriate cultural references which few critics have examined...I've lived with and enjoyed Howl for three decades, it has become a social and poetical landmark, notorious at worst illuminative at best...It seems helpful in this fourth decade of the poem's use to clarify its literary background and historical implications as well as its author's intentions." (from "Author's Preface: Reader's Guide," pg. xi) Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," along with William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch & Jack Kerouac's On the Road, were the blindingly unprecedented works that ignited the Beat Generation phenomenon in turn paving the way for the literary & cultural upheavals that culminated during the 1960s & continue to resonate. The full title of this volume is "Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions, Fully Annotated by Author, with Contemporaneous Correspondence, Account of First Public Reading, Legal Skirmishes, Precursor Texts & Bibliography." Ginsberg himself wrote & organized this monumental, Talmudic presentation-dissection-history of the poem which catapulted him to fame as the Founding Father of the Beat Generation. With many vintage images & facsimile reproductions of manuscript pages. Edited by Barry Miles, among the foremost biographers & colleagues of Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs; a most prolific & outstanding literary & cultural historian-witness in his own right. Originally published as a hardcover during 1986, this large-format softcover copy is from the "First HarperPerennial edition published 1995" as stated on copyright page, second printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. A relatively affordable but still-rare version of this essential Ginsberg collectible. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing & mostly faint scratching to glossy front, esp. back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; former seller's barcode-price sticker (Border's, remember?) affixed near lower right corner of back cover. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4139]

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