Routines. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Routines
Routines

Routines

New York, NY: New Directions Books, 1964. Softcover. "In this collection of thirteen very short plays, (Lawrence) Ferlinghetti extends the experiments he began in Unfair Arguments with Existence (1963) into an area barely explored by any dramatist to date- a no man's land between old-style drama and the spontaneous improvisation of the "happening." In between these two extremes, he has created blueprints for dramatic action- outlines from which director and actors may create and interpret freely." (from back cover) A collection of "Routines" (as defined above) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), The iconic poet, novelist, activist, (sort-of) playwright, bookseller & publisher who with his imprint-store City Lights was a defining pioneer of the Beat Generation/ San Francisco Renaissance; & who recently passed away at age 101. The first thought that comes to our mind when we hear the word "Routines" are the classic satirical-maniacal episodes throughout the works of William S. Burroughs. Sure enough, WSB's routines are acknowledged in Ferlinghetti's introductory notes (pg. 2). With front cover & two interior illustrations by Roland Topor (1938-1997), the great French polymath who was the author of the novel "The Tenant," adopted as an unforgettable film by Roman Polanski (in the pantheon of this writer's favorite Disturbing & Surreal Cinema). Trade-format softcover original in sewn binding, first edition, fourth printing as stated on copyright page & back cover, a production of New Directions, the imprint of James Laughlin (1914-1997, like WSB), Ferlinghetti's friend & fellow-beacon of literary & artistic freedom who (we've always found interesting) published much more of his works than his own canonical City Lights Pocket Poets or other series. While a later printing of the first edition originally published in 1964, the lack of an ISBN number, sewn binding & general condition (per below) of this copy indicate that it was produced still well within the decade of the 1960s. A delightful, challenging Ferlinghetti collectible, especially with Topor's imaginative drawings that evoke the texts. In fine condition with mild rubbing, browning, scratching & faint creasing to front, back covers & spine; slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at mostly upper corners of page leaves. Fine. [Item #4375]

Price: $25.00