Soft Cover. San Francisco: Golden Mountain Press, 1959. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, second state with the publisher's imprint in black (first state copies bear the publisher's imprint in gold). Publisher's white paper wrappers, staple-bound, title and author printed in black to front wrapper from Ferlinghetti's hand, publisher's ad to rear wrapper. About very good with some creasing and wear to extremities, yellow-brown stain to front wrapper, through to the first free leaf. A presentable copy with an interesting association, from the library of Marshall Efron. One of Ferlinghetti's earliest publications, this poem is a political statement against President Dwight Eisenhower. It is written in Ferlinghetti's long-line prose poetry style, and conveys his strong opposition to Eisenhower's policies and actions. Like many members of the Beat generation and surrounding social movements, Ferlinghetti supported the idea of an anarchist society, though he recognized that democratic socialism may be a more realistic option for the United States. Notably, this small pamphlet became one of Ferlinghetti's most popular and widely sold works. 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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