Clear the Range. Ted Berrigan.
Clear the Range
Clear the Range

Clear the Range

New York, NY: Adventures in Poetry, 1977. First Edition. Softcover. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) attended Providence College for a year before joining the army in 1954 at age 19. After serving in Korea, Berrigan went on to receive an MA in English from the University of Tulsa in 1962. After completion of his studies in Tulsa, Berrigan moved to New York City. A cyclone of amphetamine ebullience and libertine leisure, Berrigan fit in well with the crowd of poet-publishers he was then only beginning to associate with. These were people like Ed Sanders, whose “Fuck You Press” & Peace Eye Bookstore published Berrigan’s poetry, as well as carried magazines and books by his “C Magazine” and “C Press.” Known mostly for his eccentric and innovative poetry, Berrigan’s prose is of a rarer variety. In “Clear the Range,” Berrigan delivers a surrealistic, modified take on an American Western in 31 short chapters. There has been almost nothing written on this book—almost no critical writing, reviews, or anything of that sort. According to one signature of Berrigan’s on a different copy of this book, Berrigan said he wrote this work in New York City between 1966-1967, although outside of this short notation we have yet to run across other Berrigan commentary on this title. As such, there’s definitely something to look into here for the aspiring Berrigan scholar and enthusiast of Mid-Century American Literature alike. First Edition, produced in a single print run of 750 copies; an increasingly-scarce Berrigan collectible. From the collection of Erin Black Matson, the artist & poet who along with her then-husband, the acclaimed poet-educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation-morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were friends & protégé-collaborators in a circle that included Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. Book in near fine condition with only slight shelf-wear to fine-edges; moderate-to-pronounced rubbing, browning, spotting to front, back covers esp. at fine-edges; slight bumps to corners; moderate spotting to text block. Near Fine. [Item #4670]

Price: $80.00