“I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd": The Howl and Other Poems; Signed by Allen Ginsberg with a drawing of a flower
Howl and Other Poems.
Item Number: 100823
San Francisco: City Lights, 1959.
Early printing of this principal work of the Beat Generation. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Allen Ginsberg on the title page, who has added a drawing of a flower. In very good condition. Introduction by William Carlos Williams.
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.