Revolutionary Letters. Diane di Prima.
Revolutionary Letters
Revolutionary Letters

Revolutionary Letters

ISBN: 9780872868793
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2021. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. "By turns a handbook of countercultural living, a manual for street protest, and a broadside against the repressive state apparatus, Revolutionary Letters is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago. In 1968, visionary poet Diane di Prima moved from Beat New York to hippie San Francisco to begin these "letters," poems filled with a blend of utopian imagination, radical politics, and ecological awareness. Immersed in alternative histories and mystical traditions, the poems were catapulted into the world through underground newspapers and free pamphlets, circulating far and wide. In 1971, Lawrence Ferlinghetti published the first of four ever-expanding book versions in the Pocket Poets Series. In her last years, di Prima oversaw the final iteration of this lifelong project, adding poems written between 2007 and her death in 2020. This 50th Anniversary edition marks the long-awaited return of Revolutionary Letters to City Lights." (back cover) The full & final incarnation of the Magnum Opus by Diane di Prima (1934-2020), primary poet of the Beat Generation & Beyond. Originally published as the 27th number in the iconic Pocket Poets Series series of City Lights Books, this is the fifth & most complete edition of Revolutionary Letters, a very special production in memory of the poet & commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its first publication. Hardcover in illustrated boards with no dust jacket as issued, first edition thus, first printing (not noted on copyright page, with no references to subsequent printings per CLB custom). The great Diane di Prima's canonical classic, in a stately new collectible edition destined for increasing rarity. See also our Item No. 4300. In as-new, substantially mint condition with only a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine (micro-flaws as issued). As new. [Item #4653]

Price: $30.00