Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961) with: Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961). Barney Rosset, Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Robert Duncan, Duke Ellington, George Grosz, Henry Miller, Robert Pinget, C. P. Snow, Lew Welch, Martin Williams, William Carlos Williams.
Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961) with: Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961)
Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961) with: Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961)
Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961) with: Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961)
Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961) with: Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961)

Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961) with: Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961)

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1961. First Printings. Softcovers. Two contiguous, early vintage numbers of the legendary literary journal chiefly edited by Barney Rosset & published by his Grove Press imprint: (1) Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 16 (January - February 1961)- this issue features a section from Naked Lunch, the breakthrough work of William S. Burroughs & one of the cornerstones of the Beat Generation & beyond. At the time of this issue, NL had been published in its entirety in Paris but not yet in the USA. It would be the following year (1962) by Rosset's fearless Grove Press, & emerge successfully from the ensuing gauntlet of obscenity proceedings. Maynard & Miles, C24, pg. 116; Shoaf, Section III, No. 18, pg. 127; Schottlaender, C22, pg. 31. Also in this issue are contributions by Gregory Corso (the essay "Berlin Impressions" interspersed with reproductions of artworks by George Grosz), Robert Duncan (the poem "Apprehensions") & more. With notes on contributors, contemporary ads (including for Donald Allen's most influential The New American Poetry 1945-1960 anthology), etc. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, complete with promotion section including intact sheet of subscription cards. (2) Evergreen Review Vol. 5 No. 17 (March - April 1961)- this issue features an excerpt from The World Of Sex by proto-Beat icon Henry Miller; & other contributions of prose, poetry & criticism by Samuel Beckett (English translation of a French dramatic text by Robert Pinget), C.P. Snow (excerpt from The Moral Unneutrality of Science), Beat (especially Allen Ginsberg)- mentor William Carlos Williams ("Portrait of a Woman at Her Bath"), Lew Welch ("The Man Who Played Himself"), an appreciation of the great composer-musician Duke Ellington by Martin Williams & more. With notes on contributors, contemporary ads (including for a very early Joan Baez LP on inner front cover), etc. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, again complete with promotion section including intact sheet of subscription cards. Two rare & very important issues (especially (1) with WSB in our Third Mind estimation) of this most collectible series. (1) in relatively near-fine-to-fine condition with moderate rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; mild rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only faint vertical wave-creases at a few page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. (2) also near-fine-to-fine with mild rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; slight bending of spine toward front; very light rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some page leaves. Book. [Item #4326]

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