Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems 1947-1995. Allen Ginsberg.
Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems 1947-1995
Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems 1947-1995
Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems 1947-1995
Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems 1947-1995

Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems 1947-1995

ISBN: 0060164573
New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. "Allen Ginsberg, one of America's most distinguished living poets, turned 70 this year. Selected Poems 1947-1995 commemorates his brilliant career and honors a landmark birthday. Ginsberg personally chose the selections for this handy volume and has written a retrospective Apologia that places the poems from each decade in their historical and literary context. Here are well-known masterpieces such as the lyric "Howl" and the narrative "Kaddish"- classic works of American literature- as well as more recent gems, the long dream poem "White Shroud," the visionary "After Lalon," and the political rock lyric "The Ballad of the Skeletons." The pieces included in Selected Poems 1947-1995, which span five decades of work, document Ginsberg's spiritual path during a life devoted to exploring the creative possibilities of the conscious mind." (from front flap) A collection of the best poems by Allen Ginsberg, selected by the Founding Father of the Beat Generation himself, in celebration of what alas was his final birthday- he died the following spring of 1997 at age 70. The poems are preceded by Ginsberg's "Apologia of Selection" & followed by notes & indexes. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. A beautiful, exemplary door-stopper production with reproductions of contemporary Ginsberg portraits painted by the acclaimed artist George Condo (who also collaborated with William S. Burroughs) on dust jacket front cover & spine; photographed by the great Robert Frank on back cover. An essential Ginsberg rarity, the final compilation published in his lifetime with his close involvement. Book in very fine condition with only very slight loss of gilt at spine (quite possibly as issued rather than from wear); otherwise substantially mint inside & out with uncut side edges of page leaves as issued. Dust jacket very fine with only a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps; otherwise also substantially mint. Clear protective jacket has been affixed to blank lower inner spine by previous seller/ owner, & therefore cannot be removed without risk of minimal damage. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4176]

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