New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley). Donald Allen, William S. Burroughs, Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, William Eastlake, LeRoi Jones, Jack Kerouac, John Rechy, Michael Rumaker, Hubert Selby Jr., Douglas Woolf.
New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)
New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)
New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)
New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)
New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)
New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)

New American Story (Edited by Donald M. Allen & Robert Creeley)

New York, NY: Grove Press, 1965. First Edition. Signed by Co-Editor & Contributor, Robert Creeley.(Maynard & Miles, B18, pg. 94; Shoaf, Section II, No. 22, pg. 71). "...the men in this book should be read simply as writers. Which is not to say that they belong to a school, share a manifesto, or write alike. That they do share a tendency to consider writing as writing shows up in their exceptional individuality, distinctive differences, markedly dissimilar styles." So reads the key excerpt from the disclaimer-laden interior front flap (and back cover) to what otherwise is a bona-fide "Companion-Classic" to the heralded and seismic Don Allen-edited anthology, "The New American Poetry, 1945-1960" (New York, NY: Grove Press, 1960). Besides the bare organizational fact that the selections which comprise this book are of the genre of "Fiction" rather than "Poetry," Allen's editorial insistence that the writers who populate this volume are "markedly dissimilar" is perhaps the key literary-historical point of difference between "New American Story" and its corollary-predecessor. In "The New American Poetry,"--(again, the "companion work" which preceded its Fiction-centered sibling)--Allen championed descriptive demarcations between friend-group locales like "The Black Mountain Poets" and "The New York School." It is well-documented that many of the poets included under these categorical umbrellas did not care for the terms or empathize with their supposed utility. Despite the duly-noted 'disclaimer' on behalf of the book's contributors, "New American Story" is truly an incredible anthology, ripe with contributions by the great William S. Burroughs ("Ordinary Men and Women,"); Robert Creeley ("Mr. Blue," "The Party," "The Suitor," & "The Dress"); Ed Dorn ("C. B. & Q," "The Deer"); William Eastlake ("Portrait of an Artist with 26 Horses," "Something Big Is Happening To Me"); LeRoi Jones ("The Heretics"); Jack Kerouac ("The Railroad Earth, Pt. 1"); John Rechy ("Masquerade"); Michael Rumaker ("The Pipe"); Hubert Selby, Jr. ("Loves Labors Lost," "And Baby Makes Three"); Douglas Woolf ("The Flyman," "The Cat"," along with a dessert course of "Biographical Notes and Authors' Statements." This latter section is as key as the fiction itself: Burroughs contributes "Censorship," "The Future of the Novel," "Notes on These Pages," and "Nova Police Besieged McEwen Hall." Equally insightful contributions to this section are made by WSB's fellow contributors, including a personal favorite piece of Your Devoted Assistant Curator, Jack Kerouac's 30-Point Program for "Belief & Technique for Spontaneous Prose" (as well as the corollary essential, his short essay "Essentials for Spontaneous Prose"). A key item for every Mid-Century American-centered (and of course, every Beat-&-Beyond) library-&-collection. First Edition Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket, the First Printing (as noted on copyright page). Signed by co-editor and contributor Robert Creeley in thin black pen ink on title page. Signature reads: "Robert Creeley. "Book in very fine condition with only the very slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges—as clean of a copy as you likely will ever see. Unrestored, unclipped dust-jacket in very fine condition, quite pristine with only the very slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges; some almost invisible, quite faint rubbing to leftmost fine-edge of back cover; a few scattered speck-like instances of rubbing to interior front flap, otherwise equally pristine. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4731]

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