“I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd": First Edition of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems with an original poem laid in
Howl and Other Poems.
Item Number: 78035
San Francisco: City Lights, 1956.
First edition of this principal work of the Beat Generation accompanied by an original poem in Ginberg’s hand. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. In very good condition with some minor browning to the extremities and a small chip to upper corner of rear panel. Laid in is an original poem on a small sheet of paper entirely in Ginsberg’s hand, “June 27, 72 Bee stings on the farmer’s brown breast in June – Allen Ginsberg.” The poem measures 5.75 inches by 7.75 inches. A nice example.
Howl and Other Poems is a collection of poetry by Allen Ginsberg published November 1, 1956. It contains Ginsberg's most famous poem, "Howl", which is considered to be one of the principal works of the Beat Generation as well as "A Supermarket in California", "Transcription of Organ Music", "Sunflower Sutra", "America", "In the Baggage Room at Greyhound", and some of his earlier works. For printing the collection, the publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, another well-known poet, was arrested and charged with obscenity. On October 3, 1957, Judge Clayton W. Horn found Ferlinghetti not guilty of the obscenity charge, and 5,000 more copies of the text were printed to meet the public demand, which had risen in response to the publicity surrounding the trial. "Howl and Other Poems" contains two of the most well-known poems from the Beat Generation, "Howl" and "A Supermarket in California", which have been reprinted in other collections, including the Norton Anthology of American Literature.