Electric Banana. Mary Beach, William S. Burroughs.
Electric Banana
Electric Banana
Electric Banana

Electric Banana

ISBN: 0916156079
Cherry Valley, NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1975. Limited First Edition Thus. Stapled Wrappers. "The Electric Banana by Mary Beach is a unique auditory experience approaching the actual found sounds of language as it mutters half a street sign repetitive argument overheard conversations bits of pop songs in millions of minds like some gigantic octopus with myriad tentacles..." (from Introduction by William S. Burroughs) The avant garde stream-of-consciousness cult classic by Mary Beach (1919-2006), the prolific artist & writer who with her husband Claude Pelieu (1934-2002) was at the center of the American & expatriate creative counterculture from the 1940s through the dawn of the 21st century. Mary was the relative (niece?) of Sylvia Beach, the legendary Parisian bookseller (Shakespeare & Co.) & publisher (most famously of James Joyce's Ulysses). She was also the mother of Pamela Beach Plymell, who with her husband, the iconic American Literary Outlaw Charles Plymell, was editor & publisher of Cherry Valley Editions, the imprint of this item. Preceded five years earlier (1970) by a German-language edition translated by Carl Weissner, & followed five years later (1980) by an edition that combined this & another work (see our item No. 1951), this version is the first separate English-language edition, one of 500 (un-numbered) copies printed as noted in colophon. With an enthusiastic, insightful introduction by WSB (quoted above), the most distinguished of Beach's many colleagues & influences (Shoaf, Section II, No. 109, pg. 82). Front cover artwork by Joel Hubaut. A very important Mary Beach & WSB-related collectible. In very fine condition with only light rubbing, browning & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers & stapled spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior on colored paper stock with only tiny bumps & creases at mostly upper thin edges & corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4175]

Price: $50.00