[Item #6051] My True Stories Limited Edition Box Set (Four Volumes & Chapbook in Slipcase). Brenda Frazer.
My True Stories Limited Edition Box Set (Four Volumes & Chapbook in Slipcase)
My True Stories Limited Edition Box Set (Four Volumes & Chapbook in Slipcase)
My True Stories Limited Edition Box Set (Four Volumes & Chapbook in Slipcase)
My True Stories Limited Edition Box Set (Four Volumes & Chapbook in Slipcase)

My True Stories Limited Edition Box Set (Four Volumes & Chapbook in Slipcase)

Manchester, England, UK: death to workers whilst building skyscrapers, 2023. Limited First Edition. Four Softcover Volumes & Sewn Chapbook in Slipcase. “Brenda Frazer’s long awaited collection of four previously unpublished autobiographical texts from the late 1950s to the early 1980s reopens and revises the Beat canon and Beat history. Poets and Oddfellows (1959-61), Drug City (1961-67), Artista (1967-70), and Cherry Valley Ballads and Stories (1970-83) have been kept hidden in the shelf for too long. Now Frazer provides the reader with new insights into one of the most pulsating times of the 20th century.” (Heike Mlakar, blurb) Containing 4 volumes and a publisher’s booklet, this is a limited edition box set of My True Stories by Brenda Frazer (b. 1939), a.k.a. Bonnie Bremser, former wife of poet Ray Bremser (1934-1998), one of the oft-neglected figures of the Beat generation. Most famous for her 1966 publication Troia: Mexican Memoirs, Bremser’s experimental poetic writing style has been compared to that of Jack Keroauc’s On the Road. The experiences recounted in Troia are centered around while she was on the lam with Ray in Mexico and then supporting herself and their daughter when he was imprisoned. The same years are covered in these new volumes with reflections on the various eras of their marriage and her life as a writer in a male-dominated world. Poets & Oddfellows serves as a prequel to Troia, focusing on the beginning of their marriage in New York City as she came to understand life as a Beat poet’s wife. Drug City follows the Bremsers back to New York from Mexico while they are writing the manuscript for Troia; they put their daughter up for adoption and fall into drug abuse until Ray is eventually imprisoned and Bonnie begins to write letters to him about their time in Mexico. Artista takes us away from the drug-infused underworld of New York City to Guatemala with Bonnie, Ray, and their second daughter, Georgia, after Troia was first published in 1966. To wrap up the story, Cherry Valley Ballads and Stories was written most recently, recounting memories of 30-40 years earlier when the Bremsers spent time on Allen Ginsberg’s farm in Cherry Valley, NY. Each volume features an informative introduction: [1] from publisher Lucy Wilkinson [2] from friend of Third Mind Books, Jerome “Jerry” Poynton [3] from literary critic Heike Mlakar and [4] from Gordon Ball, photographer of Cherry Valley, who also provided many stunning photographs to the volume; Ann Charters provides an introduction to the entire set in the publisher’s booklet. The booklet is only included in the slipcased collection and includes a note from the author, the blurb by Heike Mlakar, and the publisher’s acknowledgements as well. An incredible production from British publisher death of workers whilst building skyscrapers, this collection is a must-have for fans of the Beats, especially the women that so often go uncelebrated. Softcovers and Sewn Booklet in Slipcase: Limited First Edition, as stated on copyright page. This set is “53” out of 100 slipcased collections, though each volume is numbered from an edition of 200, 100 of which were encased: Poets & Oddfellows, “048”; Drug City, “049”;Artista, “050”; Cherry Valley Ballads and Stories, “051,” all numbered on the title page below a facsimile signature from Brenda Frazer and on the copyright page. The bottom of the slipcase interior is stamped “53,” which also applies to the publisher’s booklet, limited to 100. All volumes As New although the slipcase took a hit during shipping and is slightly indented at the top edge on one side; otherwise pristine. As New / Very Fine (Slipcase). [Item #6051]

Price: $120.00