Hard Cover. New York: New Directions, 1984. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. Signed and inscribed by Ferlinghetti: "for Marshall! / Ave atque vale - / ciao - / Lawrence Ferlinghetti". Publisher's blue cloth, lettered in silver to spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket, lettered in black with a photograph of the author to front panel by Wendy Grad; in the original shipping envelope addressed to Marshall Efron. A near fine copy with top edge lightly faded and a small, very faint brown mark to the front board; in an about near fine dust jacket with toning to extremities, a small nick to top edge of front board, and a few black marks to rear panel and spine head. Overall, a lovely copy in the original envelope addressed in Ferlinghetti's hand. Written following Ferlinghetti's own travels through Europe, this book of poetry celebrates and reflects on the past and present of cities in France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. The poems flow from one to the next as if the reader is travelling from city to city, and range from a few lines to longer, prose style poetry. 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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