Evergreen Review Vol. 6 No. 22 (January - February 1962). Barney Rosset, Samuel Beckett, Ben Belitt, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Anselm Hollo, Paula Horn, Pablo Neruda, George Reavey, Sonny Rollins, E. S. Seldon, Martin WIlliams, Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
Evergreen Review Vol. 6 No. 22 (January - February 1962)

Evergreen Review Vol. 6 No. 22 (January - February 1962)

New York, NY: Evergreen Review, Inc., 1962. First Printing. Softcover. This vintage number of the legendary literary & arts journal chiefly edited by Barney Rosset features "Introduction to Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Novia Express; Episodes from Novia Express" by William S. Burroughs (pgs. 99-109). At this juncture, the first American edition of Naked lunch had not yet been published by Rosset's Grove Press, it would be later that year (1962). The first incarnation of The Soft Machine had just been published by Olympia Press in Paris, & Nova Express (note its prerelease spelling as "Novia Express" here) would not appear until two years later in its first American edition, also by Grove. Maynard & Miles, C39, pg. 117; Shoaf, Section III, No. 31, pg. 128; Schottlaender, C38, pg. 33. Also relating to WSB is a very enthusiastic essay-review of Naked Lunch by E.S. Seldon (pgs. 110-113). Additionally in this issue are contributions of poetry by Gregory Corso, Anselm Hollo, Pablo Neruda (three poems & an essay, translated from the Spanish by Ben Bellit), & Yevgeny Yevtushenko ("Babi Yar," translated from the Russian by George Reavey, here the poet's name is spelled without the "Y"s) & others; prose by Samuel Beckett ("The Expelled," co-translated from the French by ER associate editor & future publisher Richard Seaver along with Beckett) & more; a portfolio of photographs by Paula Horn (also in color on front cover); & a "Views & Reviews" section including an analysis of Jazz great Sonny Rollins' music by Martin Williams. With notes on contributors, contemporary ads (including a list of now-classic Blue Note Records). Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, complete with subscription promotion including sheet of removable cards. An especially important issue in this most collectible series, particularly with these key contributions by & about WSB, Founding Father of the Beat Generation & one of the foremost literary & cultural figures of all time. In fine condition with mild rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; light wear & some tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; light rubbing, browning & occasional spot-staining to edges of text block. Interior fine with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves; a somewhat large hand-drawn asterisk in light blue ink mostly at blank margin next to ad on penultimate page leaf verso; small, quite faded blue ink asterisks at blank margin next to two titles listed in ad on back cover. Fine. [Item #4386]

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