Journal for the Protection of All Beings No. 1 (1961). Antonin Artaud, William S. Burroughs, Albert Camus, Gregory Corso, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Kay Johnson, Norman Mailer, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Thomas Merton, James Mitchell, Kenneth Patchen, Bertrand Russell, Percy Shelley, Gary Snyder.
Journal for the Protection of All Beings No. 1 (1961)
Journal for the Protection of All Beings No. 1 (1961)
Journal for the Protection of All Beings No. 1 (1961)

Journal for the Protection of All Beings No. 1 (1961)

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1961. First Edition. Softcover. "We hope we have here an open place where normally apolitical men may speak uncensored upon any subject they feel most hotly & cooly about in a world which politics has made. We are not interested in protecting beings from themselves, we cannot help the deaths people give themselves, we are more concerned with the lives they do not allow themselves to live, and the deaths other people would give us, both of the body & spirit." (Editors' Statement). In this first number, William S. Burroughs is interviewed with Gregory Corso & Allen Ginsberg, Corso is interviewed with Ginsberg, & there are other provocative, freethinking contributions by Albert Camus, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Norman Mailer, Michael McClure, Robert Duncan, David Meltzer, Kenneth Patchen, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Gary Snyder, Kay Johnson, Thomas Merton, James Mitchell & other renowned writers representing several generations of literary & philosophical radicalism. A most important (and increasingly scarce) document from the dawn of the sixties, a very early bridge from the Beats to the later counterculture. Oblong, large-format magazine-journal, the first and only printing from 1961. Printed letterpress (quite the endeavor!) in a limited run of 1000 unnumbered copies (Cook 33, pg. 35). Magazine in near fine condition with scattered rubbing, staining, spotting to front and back covers; closed tear and bump to bottom left-hand corner of front cover; bump at top right-hand corner of same; similar rubbing, chipping, staining to spine; bump to bottom left-hand corner of back cover. Near Fine. [Item #4596]

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