First Edition of Allen Ginsberg's Journals Early Fifties Early Sixties; Inscribed by Him
Journals Early Fifties Early Sixties.
Item Number: 57038
New York: Grove Press, 1977.
First paperback edition of Ginsberg’s memoirs of the fifties and sixties. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Richard Lautz from Allen Ginsberg with best wishes for his teaching Nov 2, 1978.” In near fine condition.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Allen Ginsberg and his fellow Beats led an insurrection that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural landscapes. Collected here are journal entries culed from eighteen notebooks that Ginsberg kept during this extraordinary period -- thoughts, poems, dreams, reflections, and diary notes that intimately illuminate Ginsberg's actual travels and his mental journeys. They reveal a remarkable and fascinating life: conversations with William Carlos Williams; drug experiences; a chance meeting with Dylan Thomas; stays in Mexico, San Francisco, and New York; first impressions of "Naked Lunch"; bits and peices of "America, Kaddish" and other poems; political "ravings"; and, of course, times with William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Gergory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Peter Orlovsky, and many, many others. What emerges is a truly unique personal account that will touch the mind and the soul.