[Item #4820] Straight Hearts' Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters 1947-1980. Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky.
Straight Hearts' Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters 1947-1980
Straight Hearts' Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters 1947-1980
Straight Hearts' Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters 1947-1980

Straight Hearts' Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters 1947-1980

ISBN: 0917342658
San Francisco, CA: Gay Sunshine Press, 1980. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "STRAIGHT HEARTS' DELIGHT is a crucial volume for understanding the Beat Movement and two of its most prominent members. Included are gay love poems by Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, many previously unpublished in book form, covering a thirty-year period; also letters exchanged between the two poets which document their own love relationship, their travels abroad, and friendship with other Beat writers. The word "straight" in the title is used in its traditional, and Ginsbergian sense of straightforward, free from crookedness and deceit." (back cover) An essential compendium that indeed gets to the very "heart" of the Beat Generation. Of special significance to us are the letters reproduced here between Ginsberg & Orlovsky written during 1956-1965, with appearances by William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac & other primary Beat-&-Beyond figures, all over the world. There is a very helpful "Chronology of Letters and Explanation of Texts" by Ginsberg preceding this voluminous collection of poems & letters. With reproductions of many intimate drawings of Ginsberg, Orlovsky & co. by Robert LaVigne (whose 1954 portrait of Orlovsky famously first drew Ginsberg's attention); photographs both now-iconic & obscure; & facsimile pages from letters & drawings by Ginsberg & Orlovsky. This copy is from the first trade softcover edition of 5000 copies published on September 6, 1980 (see Morgan, A44(a)2.1, pg. 56), "First Edition 1980" as stated on copyright page. There were also 224 trade hardcover copies, 50 copies numbered & signed by the authors & 26 lettered & signed copies, per colophon at rear endpaper. From the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, an 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 colleagues & protégés (in lifestyle as well as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie & Ray Bremser, Diane di Prima et al., undoubtedly including Ginsberg & Orlovsky themselves. An indeed delightful Beat-related collectible with distinguished & relevant provenance. The relatively good-to-near-fine condition of this item befits its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: Mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at/ near edges & corners of same; light rubbing, browning & moderate spotting, spot-staining to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only a touch of browning to mostly blank inner covers, endpapers & page leaves; very small creases, tiny bumps at corners, lower edges of some leaves. Good- Near Fine. [Item #4820]

Price: $30.00