Soft Cover. San Francisco: City Lights Books / Pocket Poets Series No. 4, 1958. Very Good.
Introduction by William Carlos Williams. First edition, sixth printing. Publisher's black and white paper wrappers, staple-bound. About very good with rubbing and toning to extremities, front wrapper with a few small stains and a vertical crease down the center, now-flattened. Overall, a nice copy of Ginsberg's first collection of poetry. From the personal library of Marshall Efron. Published as the fourth installment of City Lights' Pocket Poets Series, Howl and Other Poems is Allen Ginsberg's first collection of poetry, which opens with the iconic line "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness." In many ways the mantra of the Beat Movement, "Howl" observes and addresses problems in American society. In addition to "Howl" this volume includes "A Supermarket in California," "Sunflower Sutra," "America," and "In Back of the Real," among others. Marshall Efron (b. 1938) is an American actor, humorist, and author associated with the art and literary scene in San Francisco and New York, particularly the Beat community. Most famous for his satirical television show on PBS, The Great American Dream Machine (1971-1972), and his radio shows on WBAI and KPFK, Efron also worked as a clerk at City Lights Books in San Francisco, a bookstore and publishing house founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953 that served as a creative hub for writers of the Beat generation. Well known among the community, Efron remained friends with Ferlinghetti and other writers like Allen Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas throughout his career.
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