[Item #6137] The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 49 (Summer 1970) with: Ephemera. George Plimpton, Charles Bukowski, Tom Clark, Robert Creeley, Kenward Elmslie, Charles Henri Ford, Joanne Kyger, Gerard Malanga, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, James Salter, Aram Saroyan.
The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 49 (Summer 1970) with: Ephemera
The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 49 (Summer 1970) with: Ephemera

The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 49 (Summer 1970) with: Ephemera

New York, NY: Sadruddin Aga Khan, 1970. First Printing. Softcover. This vintage number of the highly prestigious literary journal then-chiefly edited by George Plimpton along with such esteemed literary figures as Donald Hall & Tom Clark (then its official Poetry Editor & a contributor to this issue) features an interview with Charles Olson, the 'Maximums' intellectual & physical Giant of Black Mountain School-&-Beyond poetry, conducted by none other than Gerard Malanga. Olson (1910-1970) had passed away very early in the year this issue appeared, & although there is no editorial mention of this, it serves as a de facto tribute to the great, deep & innovative American poet. The interview is incisive, with Olson demonstrating his erudition & good humor. Following the interview is a late untitled Olson poem, & there is a contemporary publisher's ad for his books. Also in this issue are contributions of poems by Clark, Robert Creeley, Kenward Elmslie, Joanne Kyger, New York School Beat-related icon Frank O'Hara, Aram Saroyan & many more. With prose fiction by the late, acclaimed James Salter & others; more contemporary ads; notes on contributors etc. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, complete with intact, attached sheet of subscription cards. From the collection of Allen Tobias (b. 1943), assistant to Allen Ginsberg beginning in the 1960s, critic, scholar, all-around Man of Letters & our good friend & colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). At several pages of the Olson interview are underlinings, highlighting & occasional marginalia in blue ink by Tobias, none of which obscures any text & which, in our estimation as coming from such a learned source, are an enrichment to this issue. Also, between (unpaginated) pages 44-45, we found & have retained two pieces of very interesting ephemera: Publisher's annoucement of Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, a 1972 collection of poems by Charles Bukowski, thin light-yellow sheet printed on one side, folded once each horizontally & vertically to form four panels; & publisher's orange-colored card, printed on recto only, announcing publication of Flag of Ecstasy, a collection of poems by Charles Henri Ford also from 1972. Both items are by the fabled Black Sparrow Press, & are in substantially mint condition. A very important & most collectible issue in this venerable series, especially for the Olson student, with distinguished provenance & significant ephemera. In relatively quite fine condition with mild rubbing, a touch of browning & faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; very slight rubbing, browning to edges of text block; series of small bump-protrusions from upper edge of same (undoubtedly a minor flaw as issued); several lines of very faint crease-wrinkles across length of spine (likely as issued rather than from use). Interior very fine with tiny bumps & very small, faint creases at/from lower corners of some page leaves; Tobias' ink marginalia noted above (again, in our view an enhancement). Fine. [Item #6137]

Price: $45.00