Evergreen Review Vol. 12 No. 61 (December 1968). Barney Rosset, Richard Brautigan, Jean Genet, Nat Hentoff, John Lahr, John Osborne, Rick Schreiter, Richard Seaver, Ann Weisman.
Evergreen Review Vol. 12 No. 61 (December 1968)

Evergreen Review Vol. 12 No. 61 (December 1968)

New York, NY: Evergreen Review, Inc., 1968. First Printing. Glued Wrappers. This vintage number of the legendary literary, cultural & arts journal chiefly edited by Barney Rosset features "A Salute to 100,000 Stars" by Jean Genet (1910-1986), the great French avant-garde novelist, playwright & countercultural activist who earlier that pivotal year of 1968 had joined William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg & Co. to "cover" the notorious Democratic National Convention in Chicago. This piece, accompanied with an illustration by Ann Weisman & printed on appropriately bright-red paper, is a tirade against the USA's then-raging war in Vietnam, translated from French into English by associate editor Richard Seaver (pgs. 50-53, 87-88). Also in this issue: An article by Beat-influenced cult favorite Richard Brautigan about photographs he & co. took of discarded Christmas trees during January 1964 ("It was a strange time in America...all of the flags flying at half-mast to mourn President Kennedy's murder, and the trees abandoned in the gutter like dead soldiers."); an essay on the game of tennis by the hard-boiled, proto-Gonzo journalist Nat Hentoff; a critique of playwright John Osborne's work by the now-venerable critic & biographer John Lahr (son of Cowardly Lion Bert) accompanied with an illustration by Rick Schreiter (in a blank area of which is affixed the dried, flattened corpse of a small insect- a secret appearance by WSB?) & much more. With many other all-out groovy graphics, risque cartoons, images & illustrations throughout; letters; & contemporary ads (including for the live multi-media production "Lenny" which preceded the acclaimed 1974 film starring Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce). The last issue of 1968, most exemplary of its explosive creativity & controversy, in this highly important & collectible series. In near-fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching, browning & occasional light spot-staining to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; very short, mostly closed tears at esp. upper & lower spine-edges & corners with very slight loss of paper; moderate rubbing & browning to edges of text block. Interior fine with only "Exterminator!"-like insect cameo (pg. 60); a hint of browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some of same. Near Fine. [Item #4551]

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