Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness. Bob Kaufman.
Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness
Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness
Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness

Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness

New York, NY: New Directions Books, 1965. First Edition. Softcover. "There is deep excitement in the originality and power of Bob Kaufman's poems. Perhaps the first to "discover" this young American Negro writer was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who published him in two City Lights broadsides (San Francisco, 1959 and 1960). Now Kaufman has assembled the work of ten years in Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, a collection that will have tremendous impact on the reader. The world of jazz, social protest, and the plight of the lonely one fighting the crowd are among his subjects...but anything he chooses to write about comes vividly, almost violently alive in the highly charged language of this remarkable poet." (from back cover) The first collection of poems by Bob Kaufman (1925-1986), the American poet who was a key-cult figure of the Beat Generation & San Francisco Renaissance beginning in the 1950s, as well as a major inspiration for the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting From San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). With a first section of Kaufman's now-classic shorter poems; the prose-poem Second April; & the great Jeremiad "Abomunist Manifesto" with its "Howl"-esque propulsive repetitions. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page. A production of James Laughlin's New Directions imprint, the fearless champion of Kaufman & so many other daring & innovative writers. Published in ND's Paperbook series, we believe this is a softcover original as we have not encountered any references to a hardcover edition. From the collection of the late 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 as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégés & colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser, Diane di Prima et al. A foundational & very rare Kaufman collectible with distinguished provenance. The relatively fair-to-good condition of this volume befits its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: Moderate-to-significant rubbing, scratching, creasing, light browning & occasional spotting to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild-to-moderate wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; slight loss of paper at blank side edge & corners of front cover (the likely result of nibblings by Erin's cats or other small creatures) extending into very small area of blank side edges/ margins of first ten-or-so page leaves; moderate-to-significant rubbing, browning, spotting & spot-staining to edges of text block; side edge of same with slight, shallow gauge per above. Interior fine with slight browning, occasional spotting to blank inner covers, endpapers; light browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps, slight loss of paper per above at edges & corners of some of same. Fair- Good. [Item #4801]

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