Memoirs of a Beatnik

Soft Cover. New York: The Olympia Press, 1969. First Edition. Near Fine.


First edition. Publisher's green paper wrappers, lettered in black and illustrated with a colorful, abstract photo of the author to the front wrapper, lettered in white to rear panel. About near fine with some nicks and bumps to extremities, spine lightly toned, creasing to hinges and some separation to the inside of front hinge, still holding and sturdy, thin red-brown mark to outside edge of front wrapper about four inches from the bottom, light foxing to front endpapers. Overall, a lovely copy, from the library of Marshall Efron. This semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of the Beat movement through the eyes of Diane Di Prima, a woman living and writing among the small group of men whose names are remembered as the central figures of the movement. Though she fictionalizes parts of her story, highlighting and sensationalizing the eroticism that appealed to her readers, Di Prima draws upon her own lived experiences for the bulk of the novel, including anecdotes about her time in New York during the 1950s and '60s. Like other Beat writers, Di Prima's work was personal and emotional, and often used obscene language or imagery. She is remembered as an influential member of the Beat generation, and is also closely associated with the hippie movement that followed. 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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