[Item #6072] The Invention of the Letter: A Beastly Morality. Philip Whalen.
The Invention of the Letter: A Beastly Morality
The Invention of the Letter: A Beastly Morality
The Invention of the Letter: A Beastly Morality
The Invention of the Letter: A Beastly Morality

The Invention of the Letter: A Beastly Morality

New York, NY: Carp & Whitefish Press, 1967. First Edition. Spiralbound Hardcover. “Every page an authentic vision: think of all the ones I’ve left blank & all the large rocks & cliffs & walls and tree trunks already written: snail tracks, bird dung, insect cocoons, lichens and weather stains from here to Runnymede and from there to Lascaux to Behi’s tun— “I knew it was her…and the message was love / PW / Kyoto / May 1966” (from “Preface,” pg. 1). “Every page an authentic vision” is a most-Beat start to this charming little rarity from the great Philip Whalen — among the most erudite & spiritually serious of all Beats, without question. This book is among the fruits of the year Whalen spent in Kyoto, Japan from 1966-1967 — something he was able to do on account of a grant he’d received from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the job he’d received as part of that deal teaching English. Outside of this work, he wrote approximately forty poems and completed his second novel. Readers of Hunter S. Thompson will find the subtitle, “A Beastly Morality” chortle-inducing, but the work is really a reconstituted retelling of the Adam & Eve story with the conception of the letter (and therefore, music and the word) as the result. There is, of course a deep spiritual undercurrent to the volume and it’s really not something you can get across completely in a curation—a true analysis both requires & deserves contemplation & issuance in venue other than this (perhaps a project for the accomplished Beat scholar, or the budding Beat scholar in you). Spiral-bound hardcover: first edition, although not explicated as such on copyright page. In very fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear, light rubbing & similarly light bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge, else pristine. Very Fine. [Item #6072]

Price: $100.00