Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History. Charles Olson.
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History
Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History

Poetry and Truth: The Beloit Lectures and Poems with: The Special View of History

ISBN: 0087740168
San Francisco, CA; Berkeley; CA: Four Seasons Foundation; Oyez Press, 1970; 1971. First Editions. Softcovers. "Mythic and mysterious. For all his friendliness and underlying gentleness, he remained a mystery to me during his stay at Beloit. His mind and my mind were too differently structured for us to converse at any deep level of understanding. But I am glad to have been, however briefly, in the presence of this mystery, and I shall always remember this mountain of a man as one majestic in more than physical size; his center of gravity seemed not to be in this globe but a new and greater planet waiting for creation." (from "A Retrospect" by Chad Walsh, pg. 7) Charles Olson (1910-1970), the Great (literally & literarily) "Godzilla of Gloucester" as our prodigious assistant curator has coined him, visited Beloit College in Wisconsin during March of 1968, where he delivered several lectures & read from a section of his Magnum Opus, The Maximus Poems. This volume contains transcriptions of these tape-recorded lectures & reading, preserving them for our enduring puzzlement & wonder. With a short introduction by George F. Butterick, the late great Olson authority; & a longer introductory essay (quoted above) by Chad Walsh, poet & then-chairman of the English Department at Beloit College. Trade-format softcover, first softcover edition of 1971, presumed first printing with no reference to further printings on copyright page, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition which was issued without a dust jacket according to our research. Along with this scarce Olson collectible, we are all-but-throwing-in a copy of Olson's classic The Special View of History, in borderline-poor to our standards but Beat-Certified (see below) condition. Olson defines The Special View of History as "An attempt to state a view of reality which yields a stance nexal to the practice of verse, narrative and theater now. A course of study which proceeds on the level of history and of a concept of man with the dynamic first proposed in Projective Verse." (author's preamble, "Notes from Black Mountain, 1956," pg. 13). Culled from transcripts & notes of lectures delivered by Olson at the fabled Black Mountain College during 1956, this critical-philosophical prose work expands upon the ideas he set forth in Projective Verse (1950) & Human Universe (1951). Edited & with an informative introduction by the great Ann Charters, among the first & foremost authorities & biographers of Jack Kerouac. Charters also provided the images reproduced on the front covers of this & above. Although "The Estate of Charles Olson" is referred to on copyright page, Charters refers to Olson in the present tense & this certainly was one of the first posthumous publications to appear after his death very early in the year of its publication (January 10, 1970). Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, first softcover edition, presumed first printing with no reference to further printings, published simultaneously with a limited hardcover edition. A production of the Oyez Press, the imprint of Robert Hawley, who studied at Black Mountain with Olson & other luminaries during its waning days, in which the lectures that form the basis of this volume were presented. Two essential, enigmatic but somehow compelling exemplars of dizzying density by our favorite Sphinx, Charles Olson. Both of these items are from the library of the late Erin Black Matson, the late artist-poet who, with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the hippie counterculture in the 1960s. The Matsons were colleagues & protégés (in lifestyle as well as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie & Ray Bremser, Diane di Prima et al. The condition of these books, especially The Special View, befit their long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: Poetry and Truth good-to-near-fine with moderate-to-significant rubbing, scratching, spot-staining, mild spotting & occasional faint creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing, moderate spotting & spot-staining to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only mild browning, occasional spotting to blank inner covers & endpapers; tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. The Special View fair-to-good with moderate-to-significant rubbing, spotting, spot-staining & mild creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fair-to-good with mild browning, occasional spotting to blank inner covers & endpapers; a contiguous group of page leaves (pgs. 5-14) with appx. 1" half-circular areas of missing paper at mid-side edges (all blank, barely but completely not extending to any text), likely the result of a good bite by Erin's cat or another small creature; faint creasing at blank marginal areas of some leaves esp. at/near upper & lower-side edges; tiny bumps at corners of some of same. Good- Near Fine; Fair-Good. [Item #4859]

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